Establishment of a Geriatric Nursing Curriculum with Human Caring by Situational Simulation

Xihai Gao, Pengfei Chen


It is generally accepted that human caring is the essence of nursing work and the foundation of nursing quality. However, nurses’ human caring ability does not currently adapt well to the needs of patients and hospital work. The main purpose of this study is to build a humanistic care geriatric nursing course in order to enhance the humanistic care ability of nursing students, thereby improving patient satisfaction and service quality. An expert panel with 12 academics and scholars was applied as a method to review the course syllabus. The result presented that the curriculum contains eight common diseases and problems of the elderly are selected, and nursing positions are integrated into situational tasks with caring factors. Love is taken as the essence of the roles of Standardized Patients, nurses, doctors, teachers and students to design a transpersonal care field constructed of loving interactions to realize transpersonal human caring. Twenty-two situations are created with the characteristics of typical simulated situation tasks to integrate human caring into a geriatric nursing curriculum. The establishment of a geriatric nursing curriculum that includes human caring by simulating certain situations would be effectively applied to enhance students’ human caring ability in nursing vocational College.

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