WAUKESHA, WIS.— A one-year, $4,730.68 grant from Milwaukee's Extendicare Foundation will help develop improved geriatric curriculum in the nursing program at Carroll University.
"This grant award creates an exciting opportunity for the nursing program to enrich student learning and professional growth in knowledge, skill and effective care delivery strategies to older adults," said Angela Brindowski, chair of the nursing department.
Funds will offset the cost of purchasing special equipment and materials to help nursing students prepare to work with a growing geriatric population. Students also will work with residents in Extendicare facilities in Waukesha County.
Geriatric Curriculum Improvement for Nursing Students will be implemented in several ways. In addition to traditional lecture and case study, nursing students will view geriatric-based videos that demonstrate proper assessment techniques for older adults, and will use state-of-the-art curriculum materials, including a specially designed Geri-Manikin for hands-on laboratory practice.
"We are fortunate to receive a grant from the Extendicare Foundation," said Jane Hopp, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Health Sciences and Business. "This support allows Carroll to develop an interactive geriatric module in nursing curriculum, the outcome of which is graduate nurses prepared to address the nursing needs of geriatric patients in southeastern Wisconsin."
Nearly two-thirds of Carroll students major in a scientific field and nursing is one of the leading majors. Recently, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education granted Carroll's program a 10-year accreditation, and in May 2011, 100 percent of Carroll nursing students passed the National Council Licensure Exam.
The Extendicare Foundation is a national nonprofit organization supported solely by the employees of Extendicare Health Services, Inc., a national nursing home corporation. The Foundation has granted more than $2 million since its inception. Grant funding is given in three areas: research, education and service-related programs pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease, programs that improve the quality of life for residents of nursing and assisted living centers, and programs designed to educate community caregivers.
For more information on Carroll's geriatric curriculum program, contact Katie Klink, clinical assistant professor of nursing, at 262.650.4924 or firstname.lastname@example.org.