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Student-Led Geriatric Nursing Conference: Evidence in Practice

This teaching strategy provides students with the opportunity to develop research-based sessions that address key clinical issues related to care of older adults in hospital and rehabilitation settings. Students work in groups over a six- week timeframe to develop a 40-minute concurrent session podium presentation based on: 1) an ethical dilemma that occurred during their clinical experience that may have compromised the safe and effective care of older adults; or 2) a clinical protocol or event that occurred on the clinical unit that has impacted the care of older adults. The groups are asked to find evidence to support their selection of the ethical issue or protocol and discuss implications for safety and improved care. The conference has one keynote presentation, usually provided by a local nursing expert discussing research that lays the foundation for best practices in care of older adults. Successful implementation of the conference provides students with a beginning understanding about how to use leadership skills in improving care. This teaching strategy is based on a student-led, all-day conference that evolved over time at Community College of Philadelphia, and has become a much anticipated event in the Community College of Philadelphia Department of Nursing. 

Student-Led Geriatric Nursing Conference: Evidence in Practice

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