University of Wisconsin–Madison

Student Experiences

The following UW–Madison student experiences related to care of older adults were compiled in September 2017, with a focus on students in nursing, other health sciences and allied fields.

Title Description Notes
Introduction to Aging and Home Health Nursing Assessment Simulation in apartment for junior level nursing students

 

Goal: To improve nursing students’ knowledge and skill to competently manage the needs of an aging clientele, with an emphasis on client communication and understanding physical assessment variations in the healthy older adult.

Developed by UW Faculty with CARE support

 

Online toolkit

 

Contact: Paula Woywod

Hospital Care of Older Adults with Fall and Acute Respiratory Symptoms Simulation in CTEN hospital suite for junior level nursing students

 

Goal: To improve nursing students’ knowledge and skill to competently manage the needs of an aging clientele, with an emphasis on understanding physical assessment variations in the healthy older adult.

Developed by UW Faculty with CARE support

 

Online toolkit

 

Contact: Paula Woywod

Interprofessional Home Health Assessments Simulation in apartment for junior or senior level nursing students and interprofessional colleagues

 

Goal: Familiarize students with the care of an acutely ill older adult with respiratory and neuro changes.

Developed by UW Faculty with CARE support

 

Online toolkit

 

Contact: Paula Woywod

Interprofessional Skilled Nursing Facility Rehabilitation Simulation in conference room for senior level nursing students and interprofessional colleagues

 

Goals: To improve occupational therapy and nursing students’ competence in management of the needs of an aging clientele, specifically focusing on the transition of care and client safety at home; To improve knowledge of professional and interprofessional roles in a community health setting.

Developed by UW Faculty with CARE support

 

Online toolkit

 

Contact: Paula Woywod

The Older Adult Project Junior level students are paired with independent older adults in the community, they discuss topics students are learning about and students practice assessments. Students create a teaching project about a health topic that interests their paired older adult. Read about the project

 

Contacts: Yvette Egan and Barb King

Community Supports for People with Dementia (N511) Interprofessional service-learning seminar (open to pre-nursing and nursing students) that provides an introduction to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, with a focus on community supports for people living with dementia. Students work across disciplines to learn how different areas of society can become dementia friendly and how to integrate relevant approaches in their future careers. Developed by UW Faculty with CARE support, including ongoing cultivation of community partner relationships

 

Read about the seminar

 

Contacts: Lisa Bratzke and Diane Farsetta

Exploring Virtual Homes: Supporting Home Care Simulations Multi-step interprofessional simulation including a video-based virtual home visit, simulation in apartment with standardized patient, and actual home visits for safety assessment and follow-up.

 

Goals: To prepare nursing, physical therapy and pharmacy students to assess the home environment for barriers to safety and self-care; To improve students’ ability to collaborate, problem solve and learn across disciplines.

Developed by UW Faculty

 

Read about the simulation

 

Contact: Paula Jarzemsky

Geriatric Immersion Summer Elective (N828) Graduate students spend 4 – 6 weeks rotating through the Teaching Nursing Home at Capitol Lakes with board-certified geriatrician Dr. Irene Hamrick and interprofessional colleagues including medical, social work and therapy students. (N601 Advanced Physical Assessment is a pre-requisite.) Developed by UW Faculty

 

Read about the Teaching Nursing Home

 

Contact: Sarah Endicott

New Friends Program  Volunteer program that brings together UW-Madison health professional students and people with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias to meet one-to-one on an informal basis outside of the clinical setting. Organized by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin

 

Program description

 

Contact: Heidi Pophal

Geriatric Interest Group  UW-Madison student organization dedicated to improving the care of older adults that offers educational, leadership and volunteer opportunities to students interested in pursuing careers in aging. Housed in the School of Nursing

 

Student organization page

 

Contact: geriatricintgroup@gmail.com

CARE Steering Committee The Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) at the School of Nursing convenes a Steering Committee of community leaders and experts in older adult health, which includes seats for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Housed in the School of Nursing

 

CARE staff and current Steering Committee members

 

Contact: Diane Farsetta

Dementia care and communication simulations (future resource) Simulations being developed for students across disciplines to develop verbal and non-verbal communication skills for interacting with older adults across the cognitive spectrum and their families / supports; to demonstrate effective communication strategies for use with interprofessional staff, community members and families / caregivers; and appreciate the importance of using personhood, empathy, patience and cultural competency to combat the stigma and isolation often experienced by people with dementia and their families.

 

Being developed by UW Faculty with CARE support; simulation toolkit will be available Summer 2018

 

Contacts: Lisa Bratzke and Diane Farsetta