Does restructuring theory and clinical courses better prepare nursing students to manage residents with challenging behaviors in long-term care settings?
This article published in Gerontology & Geriatrics Education describes a study which explored whether enhancing and restructuring theoretical and clinical courses resulted in student nurses feeling better prepared to manage residents’ challenging behaviors and improve their levels of distress. The findings of this study indicated that students who felt less prepared experienced greater distress by residents’ behaviors than those who felt better prepared. Scheduling a theoretical course on the care of older adults prior to the clinical course placement, as well as offering an online learning module focused on responsive behaviors, significantly increased students’ feelings of preparedness to manage residents’ complex behaviors. The full article can be accessed with an OpenAthens account through your institution or with a Taylor & Francis Online account.