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Effects of an age suit simulation on nursing students’ perspectives on providing care to older persons - an education intervention study
University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences. University of Skövde, Digital Health Research (DHEAR). School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Sweden. (Wellbeing in Long-term Health Problems (WeLHP))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4432-2701
University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences. University of Skövde, Digital Health Research (DHEAR). School of Health and Education, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden. (Wellbeing in Long-term Health Problems (WeLHP))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1819-0896
University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences. University of Skövde, Digital Health Research (DHEAR). College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA. (Wellbeing in Long-term Health Problems (WeLHP))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3970-1288
2024 (English)In: Educational gerontology, ISSN 0360-1277, E-ISSN 1521-0472, Vol. 50, no 3, p. 240-253Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Nursing students are important future health care providers to the growing number of older persons in society. However, two barriers are their common ageist attitudes and lack of interest in geriatrics. This is a concern in light of the global demand for nurses and a challenge that need to be addressed in nurse education. Age suit simulation has been shown to affect the attitudes of students toward older persons, but the important context of home is often missing from studies. Accordingly, the present study employed a quantitative approach with the goal of investigating the effects of aging simulation with an age suit in a home context as a part of experiential learning among second-year nursing students. The age simulation allowed the students to experience both specific and common health problems from the patient’s point of view in a controlled environment and a relevant context: the home. Data were collected using a questionnaire in a quasi-experimental pretest – posttest design with a control group. Results showed that the intervention had a positive effect on various aspects of the nursing students’ perspectives on caring for older persons. Work experience was associated with more positive attitudes. The control group was more negative toward geriatrics as a career choice than the intervention group. In conclusion, age suit simulation can be an innovative part of nurse education because it raises awareness and understanding of the health challenges of older persons, which are important in combating ageism among future nurses.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2024. Vol. 50, no 3, p. 240-253
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Nursing Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences Geriatrics
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Wellbeing in long-term health problems (WeLHP)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-23229DOI: 10.1080/03601277.2023.2258051ISI: 001067372900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85171580015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-23229DiVA, id: diva2:1798948
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The Kamprad Family Foundation, 20210227
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CC BY 4.0

Published online: 18 Sep 2023

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CONTACT Björn Bouwmeester Stjernetun bjorn.stjernetun@his.se School of Health and Education, University of Skövde, Box 408, Skövde SE-541 28, Sweden

This work was supported by the Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research & Charity in Sweden [grant number 20210227]. It was also supported by the School of Health Sciences, University of Skövde, Sweden

Available from: 2023-09-20 Created: 2023-09-20 Last updated: 2024-03-20Bibliographically approved

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