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Preparing nurses for the crucial role of caring for older people

Education needs to be matched with dynamic career pathways that attract professionals to the speciality and maintain motivation and resilience, say Nicky Hayes and Corina Naughton.
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Education needs to be matched with dynamic career pathways that attract professionals to the speciality and maintain motivation and resilience, say Nicky Hayes and Corina Naughton

Few nurses can have escaped the predictions on population ageing and the expected increase in the number of older people living with frailty and/or multi-morbidity.

Older people and their families expect to be treated with dignity, respect and compassion, whether at home, in hospital or in social care. They also expect all healthcare professionals to possess the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to deal with the practicalities of age-related health issues.

But many nurses outside gerontological specialities struggle to demonstrate the core skills required to optimise health and well-being in older people, and to enable supported independence.

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