Simulation on sensory impairment in older adults: nursing education

Leah Macaden*, Annetta Smith, Suzanne Croy

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    Sensory impairments are identified as the most common chronic and disabling conditions of later life impacting significantly on the quality of life and safety of older adults. Hospitals and care environments can present significant challenges to older adults with sensory impairments to negotiate. Therefore, it is important to raise awareness on sensory and cognitive impairments with all healthcare professionals and nurses in particular, both to help develop an empathetic awareness on the impact of impairment and to minimize risk of adverse events. This article reports on a pedagogical innovation on the development and use of a simulation resource primarily on sensory impairments in older adults with first year nursing students within an undergraduate nursing programme in a Scottish university. The article also reports on students' reflections on their experience of participating in this simulation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1057–1064
    Number of pages8
    JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
    Issue number19
    Early online date25 Oct 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2017


    • Education and training
    • Sensory impairment
    • Simulation
    • Relfective practice
    • Older people
    • Person-centred care
    • Emapthy


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