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  • 1.
    Gustafsson, Lena-Karin
    et al.
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Mattsson, Karin
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Dubbelman, Kerstin
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Snöljung, Åsa
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Aspects of nursing with evidence-base when nursing frail older adults: a phenomenographic analysis of interviews with nurses in municipal care2014In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 793-801Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In earlier research as well as in political discussion and documents, the topic of evidence has been highlighted as one of the most important concerns in nursing care. This study focuses on understanding what lies behind nurses' ways of acting regarding evidence-based nursing through an illumination of the way they perceive the phenomena.

    AIM: The aim was to identify and describe the different ways municipal care nurses perceive aspects of working with evidence when nursing frail older adults.

    METHODS: An explorative design with a phenomenographic approach based on interviews with nurses working with home-based care within the municipality was used in order to gain understanding of nurse's perceptions of the phenomena.

    RESULTS: Findings revealed that the nurses perceived a variety of aspects when working with evidence when nursing frail older people. Aspects with a spectra of different perceptions shown in the analysis were as follows: Evidence-based nursing as a desired intention/mission, lack of practical supporting structures to apply evidence, lack of confidence in own capacity to apply evidence and a belief that it will work anyway.

    CONCLUSIONS: Findings reveal that it is a challenge to implement research both on an individual as well as on an organisational level. Understanding the contextual perceptions of evidence by nurses can cast light on the barriers as well as the prerequisites of working with evidence while caring for frail older adults in municipal care.

  • 2.
    Mattsson, Karin
    et al.
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Pietilä Rosendahl, Sirpa
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Teaching Gerontology: A Joint Mission between Asia and Europe2015In: The Changing Face of Aging around the World, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Internationalization in the area of health and welfare in higher education provides good opportunities to confront and deal with many of the challenges an aging population implies. It also brings an opportunity to spread ideas and awareness of different ways of addressing the needs of a changing demography around the world. The Double Degree Bilingual Nursing Program (DDBNP) is a collaboration between Thailand and Sweden, where the students from a Bangkok University study their fourth and final year of the program at Mälardalen University, Sweden. The program includes one 72 course in gerontology and the fundamentals of nursing older adults. While in Sweden the students also study caring from a cultural perspective, methods and theories in caring science and write their bachelor thesis before returning to Bangkok for their graduation. Although, these nursing students are the policy makers, practitioners and scholars of tomorrow, in positions that enables them to implement gerontology within the nursing programs, more education in gerontology is needed. The aging population in Thailand is growing rapidly and education in aging and age-related processes needs to be implemented on all of the nursing educational levels. Our vision is to see a continuation and accelerated development of gerontological proficiency by taking education on gerontology a step further in order to expand the target group to include lecturers in nursing using a concept that builds on the idea of multiplication. After attending this activity, participants will be able to expand discussion about cross cultural education in gerontology.

    Objective 1: The main objective of this paper is to discuss how courses in gerontology can be multiplied, spread and shared through co-production in a joint mission between Asia and Europe. At this stage the concept of multiplication involves lecturers in nursing. Challenges in international collaboration within higher education will be highlighted, as well as how course content can be made culturally relevant and the exchange of diverse pedagogical ideas.

  • 3.
    Mattsson, Karin
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences. Mälardalens högskola.
    Pietilä Rosendahl, Sirpa
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Teaching gerontology in globalized academics: a qualitative study of Thai nursing students' views on ageing when studying abroad.2017In: Contemporary Nurse: health care across the lifespan, ISSN 1037-6178, E-ISSN 1839-3535, Vol. 53, no 1, p. 36-47Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Negative views towards ageing and older adults may be a reason why nurses do not choose to work in gerontological nursing. Studying in another cultural context can challenge these views. The Objective was to explore nursing students' views on ageing and older adults before and after a gerontology course held abroad.

    DESIGN AND METHOD: A qualitative approach based on content analysis of responses to open-ended questions by 30 Thai nursing students studying a gerontology course in Sweden.

    RESULTS: Three main categories: positive imprints of ageing, ageing takes its toll, and knowledge leading to action, emerged through sub-categories carrying a view of older adults as not only in need of care, but also as resourceful and competent. Professional healthcare, besides family was seen as potential caregivers in old age.

    CONCLUSIONS: Studying gerontology abroad can widen views towards ageing and older adults, inspiring nurses to work in gerontological nursing.

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  • 4.
    Pietilä Rosendahl, Sirpa
    et al.
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Yuwanich, Nuttapol
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Mattsson, Karin
    Mälardalens högskola.
    The role of gerontology in nursing education: Cross-cultural perspectives on developing educational leadership.2016In: Developing Educational Leadership in Gerontology Worldwide, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Health care professionals in general have inadequate knowledge concerning normal aging and pathological conditions associated with aging. Gerontology plays an important role in developing positive attitudes towards working with older adults and is an increasingly important requirement for nurses. The AGHE’s 10 recommended foundational core competencies in gerontology for undergraduate and graduate education is a guideline for structuring education in that area. This study originates from a collaboration between two universities, one in Sweden and one in Thailand, where Thai nursing students study in Sweden for their final year. The Thai students take a gerontology course with other international students, all future leaders in their respective home countries. The teaching team consists of Swedish lecturers and Thai lecturers/doctoral students in nursing. When combining Eastern and Western cultural views on aging as well as on pedagogy, the understanding of aging in different cultures deepens, and our native pedagogical methods are challenged. However, gerontology as a subject is seldom explicitly shown in the curricula, and the place of gerontology within the nursing programs both in Sweden and Thailand is still not quite clear. The question is, what role should gerontology have in nursing programs in Sweden and Thailand from the perspective of the educational leadership within the nursing programs? How is gerontology perceived in relation to other courses in the nursing program? Aim: To explore and describe the experiences and perceptions of nursing program leaders/directors regarding the role of gerontology within the nursing programs in Sweden and Thailand. Material and methodsA qualitative approach with narrative methodology was used. The participants (n=8), lecturers, and directors of the nursing program at a Thai university and a Swedish university, were asked to narrate their experiences based on open-ended questions related to the aim of the study. The interview material was analyzed according to a narrative method.

    Objective 1: After attending this activity, participants will be able to discuss how gerontology courses within a bilingual program can develop leadership in the health care of older adults.

    Objective 2: The participants will also be able to expand the discussion about cross cultural education leadership in gerontology. Commonalities as well as differences in challenges and opportunities with implementing gerontology as a subject within nursing programs will be explored.

  • 5.
    Rosendahl, Sirpa
    et al.
    Högskolan i Skövde.
    Mattsson, Karin
    Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences. Karolinska institutet.
    Yuwanich, Nuttapol
    Rangsit University, Ptumthani, Thailand.
    Cross-cultural perspectives on gerontology in nursing education: a qualitative study of nurse educators' experiences2020In: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, ISSN 0270-1960, E-ISSN 1545-3847, Vol. 41, no 1, p. 109-120Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study focuses on nurse educators' perspectives on teaching gerontology within nursing curricula in two cultures. An increasing aging multi-cultural population with large caring needs requires not only informal elder care provided by family members, but also professional nursing staff trained in gerontology. The aim of this study was to explore how Swedish and Thai nurse educators describe the role of teaching gerontology within nursing educations in Sweden and Thailand. Method: Qualitative open-ended interviews with 13 Swedish and Thai nurse educators were conducted and analyzed with qualitative content analysis. Findings: There is a lack of gerontological nursing competence in faculty, as well as bureaucracy impeding necessary changes of curricula, together with difficulties in highlighting positive and cultural aspects of aging. Conclusions: Pedagogical strategies need to be developed by nurse educators specialized in cross-cultural gerontology to improve current and future nursing educations in both countries.

  • 6.
    Snöljung, Åsa
    et al.
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Mattsson, Karin
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Gustafsson, Lena-Karin
    Mälardalens högskola.
    The diverging perception among physiotherapists of how to work with the concept of evidence: A phenomenographic analysis2014In: Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, ISSN 1356-1294, E-ISSN 1365-2753, Vol. 20, no 6, p. 759-766Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Rationale, aims and objectives: Changes in Sweden's municipal care have impacted the situation of physiotherapists by the adoption of practice based on research evidence. Even if physiotherapists appear to be in favour of the idea of evidence-based practice, barriers still exist that prevent many from keeping up with current research. The aim of this study was to identify and describe the different ways in which physiotherapists in municipal care perceive the concept of evidence in rehabilitation.

    Methods: A phenomenographic design with semi-structured interviews was carried out with physiotherapists working with frail older people in three municipal care units in two neighbouring municipalities in Sweden. The physiotherapists' perceptions of evidence were explored in 12 interviews.

    Results: Distinct perceptions of the concept of evidence are identified in three categories: ‘Confidence with the concept of evidence in relation to measurement instruments’; ‘Perception of evidence-based practice as a duty, condition and demand of the profession’; and ‘Evidence-based work as a separate rather than directly patient-oriented activity’.

    Conclusions: Physiotherapists take full responsibility to comply with what they perceive to be the demands of their profession. However, what evidence actually meant, and therefore what the practical element of this responsibility consisted of, was not as clear.

  • 7.
    Yuwanich, Nuttapol
    et al.
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Mattsson, Karin
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Pietilä Rosendahl, Sirpa
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Thai nurses experiences of utilizing gerontological knowledge within general nursing care: A qualitative study2016In: Developing Educational Leadership in Gerontology Worldwide, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Around the globe the number of older adults is increasing as the life expectancy tends to be longer. Although many nursing programs provide education related to caring for older adults, the connection to and utilization of gerontological knowledge within nursing is vague and still not well understood. The Double Degree Bilingual Nursing Program (DDBNP) is a collaboration between two universities, one in Thailand and one in Sweden, where the nursing students from the Thai University, study their fourth and final year of the program at the university in Sweden. Some of these DDBNP students may become the future leaders of health care in Thailand. While in Sweden, the DDBNP students study a course in gerontology and the fundamentals of nursing care for older adults together with other international students. Within the gerontology course, lecturers/doctoral students in nursing from the Thai University were invited to participate as co-teachers in the course, thus the Eastern and Western cultural views on aging as well as on pedagogy were combined. The first batch of students attending DDBNP have graduated and have now been working as registered nurses (RNs) for more than a year. By interviewing these RNs from the DDBNP, we will be able to explore their utilization of the gerontological knowledge that they gained from the course, and see how they are applying this knowledge in their work as nurses. The study thus aims to explore the Double Degree nurses’ experiences with implementing gerontological knowledge within nursing care. Research designs: A narrative qualitative inquiry will be applied in this study. This inquiry is able to explore what the gerontology course have meant to the nursing students and how have they had use of the gerontological knowledge in their nursing careers. Data collection:In-depth interviews will be performed with 10 general nurses in Thailand. The participants graduated from the Double Degree Bilingual Nursing Program and had participated in a gerontology course at a Swedish university. Data analysis:Transcribed interviews will be analyzed using content analysis.

    Objective 1: After attending this activity, participants will be able to discuss how gerontological knowledge is being utilized by the Double Degree Bilingual Nursing Program graduates within their work in general nursing environments.

    Objective 2: The participants will also be able to discuss and share experiences about challenges and opportunities implementing gerontological knowledge within nursing care.

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