Isolation followed by integration: A model for the development of a separate geriatric course
Because of the growing population of older adults in America, nursing faculty throughout the United States have been consistently challenged during the past decade to use the most appropriate methods to strengthen geriatric content in baccalaureate nursing programs. The question of whether to integrate content throughout the curriculum or offer a stand-alone geriatric nursing course has been explored extensively, but no ultimate conclusion has been found. With the support of a grant for geriatric curriculum integration from the John A. Hartford Foundation, one university began the journey to integrate geriatric nursing curriculum throughout all baccalaureate nursing courses. However, at a curriculum evaluation meeting held halfway through the grant period, faculty expressed the need to have concentrated content earlier in the program that could serve as a foundation on which to build geriatric knowledge. Faculty unanimously voted to create a geriatric nursing course to be offered to students during their second year of baccalaureate study.
Journal of Nursing Education
Kazer, Meredith Wallace; Lange, Jean; and Grossman, Sheila, "Isolation followed by integration: A model for the development of a separate geriatric course" (2005). Nursing and Health Studies Faculty Publications. 22.
Wallace, M. & Lange, J., & Grossman, S. (2005). Isolation followed by integration: A model for the development of a separate geriatric course. Journal of Nursing Education, 44(6), 253-256.