Title

Reenvisioning gerontological mental health nursing education: a commentary

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

1-1-2006

Journal, Book or Conference Title

Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

NLM Title Abbreviation

J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc

Abstract

Reenvisioning gerontological mental health nursing begins with reinterpreting the meaning of aging and radically transforming the curriculum of the subspecialty. The commentary suggests 11 specific recommendations that expand on Morris and Mentes's article as a way of reenvisioning and rerooting gerontological mental health nursing. Among the recommendations are renaming the subspecialty "gerontological mental health nursing" as a means to more appropriately reflect the multidisciplinary focus and mental health perspective, placing an equal emphasis on positive aspects of healthy aging, developing a standardized model curriculum, increasing the number of programs offering specialization in gerontological mental health nursing, and reinvigorating continuing education about gerontological mental health care for currently practicing nurses.

Keywords

Curriculum Development, Education, Nursing, Graduate, Geropsychiatric Nursing -- Education, Geropsychiatric Nursing -- Manpower, Attitude to Aging, Gerontologic Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Strategic Planning

Published Article/Book Citation

The definitive version was published in Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 12:2 (2006) pp.116-120.

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/729