Enhancing students’ preparedness to care for older people: A mixed methods analysis

Michelle A. Kelly, Susan Slatyer, Pam Nichols, Rebecca Osseiran-Moisson, Richard Parsons, Gabrielle Brand

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Background: Nursing students’ positive attitudes towards ageing and older people are central to developing person-centred care. Perceptions about older people are influenced by social and generational values and beliefs, including a general understanding that older people need to be cared for. Nursing students often undertake early clinical placements in aged care settings, where residents’ needs are complex, yet the nursing experience is often considered ‘basic’ care. Illustrating that older people have rich personal histories and are valuable contributors to society can balance students’ perceptions and expectations and outcomes of clinical placements. Educational interventions using photo-elicitation and in-depth dialogue may surface students’ assumptions and challenge their misperceptions of older people before the first clinical placement. Aim: To examine the impact of the innovative Depth of Field: Exploring Ageing

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Jul 2020


  • Aged care
  • Ageism
  • Nursing students
  • Person-centered care
  • Reflective practice
  • Stereotyping

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