A novel program for ABSN students to generate interest in geriatrics and geriatric nursing research

Jennifer Mewshaw, Donald E. Bailey Jr., Kristie A. Porter, Amber L. Anderson, Ruth A. Anderson, Andrew L. Burd, Cathleen Colón-Emeric, Kirsten N. Corazzini


The current shortage of nurse researchers in geriatrics adversely affects the capacity of nurses to conduct research to advance the evidence-based care of older adults. In an effort to generate interest in geriatrics and geriatric nursing research, the Duke University School of Nursing designed a summer internship for four students enrolled in the accelerated baccalaureate nursing (ABSN) program. This paper describes the experience of these ABSN students and the staff and faculty who worked with them. The program design, staff and faculty experiences, benefits and challenges, as well as recommendations for future programs are discussed. The purpose of this article is to highlight the benefits and challenges of offering research experiences to nursing students in an ABSN program to stimulate interest in geriatrics and geriatric nursing research.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v7n6p95

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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