Evaluation of a geriatric mental health training program for nursing personnel in rural long-term care facilities

Document Type


Peer Reviewed


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NLM Title Abbreviation

Issues Ment Health Nurs

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Issues in Mental Health Nursing

PubMed ID



Although mental illness among elderly living in nursing homes is a substantial and growing concern, the behavioral problems associated with mental illness or threats to mental health are not well understood, tolerated, or effectively managed by nursing home staff. As a result, resident care and quality of life, and staff morale often suffer. The need for geriatric mental health training in long-term care settings has become increasingly apparent. Psychiatric/mental health nurses are in an advantageous position to address this current need and future challenge through the development, implementation, and evaluation of geriatric mental health education and training programs in long-term care settings. This article describes one such innovative training effort, designed to improve the quality of psychosocial care provided by nursing personnel in rural long-term care settings, and highlights evaluation outcomes related to participant satisfaction, staff knowledge, and attitudes.


Aged, Geriatric Psychiatry/education, Homes for the Aged, Humans, Inservice Training/standards, Nursing Homes, Nursing Staff/education, Program Evaluation, Rural Health

Published Article/Book Citation

Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 15:2 (1994) pp.149-168.

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