Högskolan i Skövde

his.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • apa-cv
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
”It´s like walking in a bubble”, nursing students´ perspectives on age suit simulation in a home environment – group interviews from reflection seminars
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). College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA. (Wellbeing in Long-term Health Problems (WeLHP))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3970-1288
School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences. University of Skövde, Digital Health Research (DHEAR). (Wellbeing in Long-term Health Problems (WeLHP))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1819-0896
2024 (English)In: BMC Nursing, E-ISSN 1472-6955, Vol. 23, no 1, article id 124Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

Older persons with age-related and complex health problems will increasingly depend on care provision from nurses in their own homes. However, a barrier to quality care is ageism and nursing students´ disinterest in geriatrics. In addition, nurse education often falls short in preparing students for the complexity of geriatric care. Welfare technology (WT) is progressively implemented in home care to help older persons live at home despite their health problems. However, this process is intricate and requires acceptance and digital literacy among caregivers and older persons. Despite these challenges, nurse education can address and change negative attitudes through innovative teaching methods such as age suit simulation. Therefore, the study aims to describe nursing students´ experiences of age suit simulation in a home-like environment with WT and technical aids, and will reveal their perspective on ageing and providing care to older adults.

Methods

A qualitative explorative design using semi-structured group interviews (n=39) among nursing students. Data was analysed through reflexive thematic analysis.

Results

The analysis generated three main themes; “It’s like walking in a bubble”, “An eye opener” and “Concerns about ageing and the current structure of geriatric care”. The main themes included eight subthemes. Adapting to the sensory and physical limitations of the age suit was an immersive experience and caused feelings of frustration, loneliness and disconnection. A prominent result was a raised awareness of cognitive loss, especially impaired vision, and students felt the simulations had made them aware of the everyday challenges older persons faced. Students highlighted the importance of patience and giving enough time in care situations by being present and having a critical perspective of WT. The students were mostly negative towards their own ageing and could better relate to older persons´ vulnerability.

Conclusions

Age suit simulation was described as an embodied and eye-opening experience, raising nursing students´ awareness of older persons´ functional limitations and the consequences for dignity and independence. Coping with cognitive loss was especially difficult. Students were motivated to apply their new knowledge to clinical practice. Age suit simulation can complement geriatric education, preparing students for the complex care needs of older persons.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central (BMC), 2024. Vol. 23, no 1, article id 124
Keywords [en]
Age suit simulation, Education, Nursing students, Ageism, Older persons, Welfare technology, Experiential learning theory
National Category
Nursing Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences Geriatrics
Research subject
Wellbeing in long-term health problems (WeLHP)
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-23620DOI: 10.1186/s12912-024-01792-5ISI: 001163632800001PubMedID: 38365670Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85185338217OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-23620DiVA, id: diva2:1839264
Funder
University of SkövdeThe Kamprad Family Foundation, 20210227
Note

CC BY 4.0 DEED

Correspondence: Björn Bouwmeester Stjernetun Bjorn.stjernetun@his.se

© 2024 BioMed Central Ltd unless otherwise stated. Part of Springer Nature.

Open access funding provided by University of Skövde. This study was funded by the Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research & Charity in Sweden [grant number 20210227] and the University of Skövde.

Available from: 2024-02-20 Created: 2024-02-20 Last updated: 2024-03-01Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(1050 kB)14 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1050 kBChecksum SHA-512
7046bd9202c22e21959d67fa14c1a1b16269ac34e386ae2516f18e441a2604b0ecef9cb2c8f5b28ac4539220d82478ae3b36adc6644c2cd74bf9816d93720657
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full textPubMedScopus

Authority records

Bouwmeester Stjernetun, BjörnGillsjö, CatharinaHallgren, Jenny

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Bouwmeester Stjernetun, BjörnGillsjö, CatharinaHallgren, Jenny
By organisation
School of Health SciencesDigital Health Research (DHEAR)
In the same journal
BMC Nursing
NursingGerontology, specialising in Medical and Health SciencesGeriatrics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 14 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
pubmed
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
pubmed
urn-nbn
Total: 49 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • apa-cv
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf