Online Program

Development of a Model to Integrate Disability Concepts in Nursing Education

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Suzanne C. Smeltzer, RN, EdD, FAAN, College of Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Bette Mariani, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Jennifer Ross, RN, PhD, College of Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova
Elizabeth Petit de Mange, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Colleen Meakim, RN, MSN, College of Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova
Elizabeth Bruderle, RN, PhD, College of Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Disability-related content and concepts are largely ignored in nursing education in the U.S., although studies have demonstrated that interactions of people with disabilities with members of the nursing staff are problematic at best. A group of nursing faculty from one school of nursing has taken on the challenge of developing, implementing and disseminating teaching strategies and materials to address this gap in nursing education locally and nationally. The purpose of this presentation is to describe the strategies that this group of faculty has developed and implemented to prepare undergraduate and graduate level nursing students to provide high quality nursing care to patients with disabilities. These strategies include but are not limited to the inclusion of standardized patients with disabilities in the undergraduate and nurse practitioner nursing curricula. The approaches and strategies used have been developed with the goal of making their use as a model by other schools of nursing and other health care disciplines possible. The successful effort to engage a major professional nursing organization in this effort will be described and the status of this effort will be presented.  The lessons learned and the challenges to integrating disability concepts in nursing curricula without disrupting existing curricula or adding additional time to an already packed curricula will be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe challenges to integrating disability-related concepts in health professions education. Identify approaches to integrating disability-related concepts while minimizing disruption to existing health professions curricula.

Keyword(s): Disabilities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been conducting research and developing strategies to introduce disability-related content and concepts into nursing education for over a decade. I have published extensively on the topic. I have been a founding member, board member and president of the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, an interdisciplinary group that has as its primary goal the integration of disability into the educational programs of the health care disciplines.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.