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Evaluation of the Master’s curriculum for elderly nursing: a qualitative study

Authors Ghaffari F, Dehghan-Nayeri N, Navabi N, Seylani K

Received 22 March 2016

Accepted for publication 24 May 2016

Published 26 September 2016 Volume 2016:11 Pages 1333—1342


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Walker

Fatemeh Ghaffari,1 Nahid Dehghan-Nayeri,2 Nasrin Navabi,3 Khatereh Seylani4

1Ramsar Nursing Care Research Center, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Mazandaran, 2Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, 3Nursing and Midwifery School, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Mazandaran, 4School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Background: Improving the quality of health care and rehabilitation for the elderly is one of the most important priorities of the health care system. Given the importance of evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of any program after its implementation, this study was conducted to identify the advantages and weaknesses of a geriatric nursing program at Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
Methods: This was a qualitative study, and the study population comprised students, graduates, and professors of geriatric nursing at the Master of Science level. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews and focus groups. Sixteen interviews were conducted. The interview guide was used as a research tool. Interviews continued until data saturation was reached. Conventional content analysis was used to analyze the data.
Results: Three main themes including “motivation to enter geriatric nursing”, “lack of employment groundwork”, and “lack of practical implementation of the curriculum” were the main findings of the study.
Conclusion: Efforts to restructure the administrative system and employment can deter geriatric nursing students from simply earning a degree and actually encourage them to learn the required content. Appraisal and improvement of education facilities for student recruitment can guarantee the practical implementation of the curriculum. Drafting policies to attract graduates in clinical environments, opening up employment opportunities, providing organizational positions for the recruitment of this group, as well as dedicating some wards for elderly special care and providing nursing care to elderly people only can increase students’ motivation to learn and their hopes of good job prospects.

Keywords: Iran, geriatric nursing, content analysis, MS student

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