5071.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000 - 8:30 AM

Abstract #15913

Effect of community health nursing interventions on functional status outcomes of elderly and students' self-efficacy in providing home based care to elders

Mary M. Hoenecke, RN, MN, CNS1, Kathleen K. Craig, MPH, MSN, RN, CNS1, Suzanne Beltz, PhD, RN, CS, CNS2, Marilyn Pattillo, RN, PhD1, and Cheryl Wawrzyniak, RN, MSN1. (1) School of Nursing, The University of Texas, 1700 Red River, Austin, TX 78701, 512-471-9082, maryhoenecke@mail.utexas.edu, (2) Nursing, University of Mary Hardin Baylor

Research Problems: 1. Low-income, homebound elders are at risk for further losses in functional status. 2. Nursing students enter the PHN course with little experience in working with elders in their homes. Purposes: 1. Determine if student-delivered, home-based community health nursing interventions have an effect on functional assessment outcomes of elderly clients, 2. Measure student self-efficacy for providing home-based nursing care to elders. 3. Develop student peer-mentoring as a strategy for increasing self-efficacy for home visiting and working with elders. Study Populations: 1. 80 elderly, homebound, low-income, ethnically diverse clients enrolled in the Meals on Wheels Program. 2. Junior-first semester students (J1) enrolled in a Concepts of Aging class and senior-second semester (S2) Public Health Nursing students at The University of Texas School of Nursing. Study Design: The study was a longitudinal study. S2 students administered functional status instruments to both control and treatment groups. The treatment group received home visits with nursing interventions from the students for a period of four semesters. The control group received only the tool administration and referral to the Meals on Wheels social worker during the first and fourth semester. The peer-mentoring component consisted of J1 students accompanying a S2 students on a home visit to a treatment group participant. Data to be presented: 1. Relationships between nursing interventions and outcomes 2. Changes in the functional status of elders over four semesters 3.Student self-efficacy in home visiting elders and satisfaction with peer mentoring as a teaching strategy.

Learning Objectives: The participant will:1.Identify relationships between community health nursing interventions and functional status outcomes of elderly.2.Describe changes in the functional status outcomes of elders in the study population. 3.Identify changes in student self-efficacy in home visiting. elders.4.Identify student satisfaction with peer mentoring as a teaching strategy

Keywords: Nursing Education, Aging

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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