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Two Immaculata University Nursing Faculty Attend Conference on Geriatrics

As the state of Pennsylvania´s largest supplier of BSN-prepared nursing graduates, Immaculata University continually strives toward the highest academic standards. For example, recently two of Immaculata´s nursing faculty, Gail Lehner, MSN, APRN, BC, AHN-BC, assistant professor of nursing and Jane Tang, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor of nursing, were selected to attend the 2nd Annual Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium held in Atlanta, Georgia. To be selected, participants must be dedicated to enhancing geriatric content in senior level baccalaureate curriculum and must participate in short-term and long-term evaluation.
The focus of the workshop was on Preparing Nursing Students to Care for Older Adults: Enhancing Gerontology in Senior-level Undergraduate Courses. The program is meant as a training exercise for faculty who then bring back their knowledge to their respective campuses and advocate for expanded geriatric curriculum.
Immaculata currently offers a course in the RN to BSN major entitled "Holistic Care of the Chronically Ill and Elders," which was developed by Ms. Lehner. Usually after completing this course, Ms. Lehner notices a transformation in her students that encompasses their attitude and practice. "Students really understand the importance of caring for the elderly," she commented and the course provides theory of specialized care with a holistic perspective.
With approximately 700 current nursing students, Immaculata´s nursing program, founded in 1984, is helping to transform health care by instilling in their graduates Immaculata´s Core Values. One aspect of the Conference that the faculty from Immaculata University has always embraced and instilled in their students is the importance of fostering positive attitudes toward aging.
After attending the three-day conference, Ms. Lehner reflects on the Immaculata nursing program. "Our holistic approach to the curriculum in the RN to BSN program reflects current trends of care in aging adults."
By 2030, 71 million Americans will be at least 65 years old, comprising almost 20% of the total population. The importance of caring for the elderly cannot be emphasized enough. Since caring for the elderly is more complex because various health issues may arise concurrently with the aging process, it requires a special person with the right attitude.
Dr. Tang said, "Older adults deserve respectful and quality care. It is important to teach and mentor students/nurses in providing geriatric competent care of older adults."
In addition, Immaculata University also offers a Master of Science in Nursing. For more information on Immaculata University´s Nursing program, please contact 610-647-4400, ext. 3497.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

y:pr: news release: nursing conference on geriatics #112
4.23.2008