Nursing studies

How teaching children about dementia helps you become a better communicator

Innovative resource helps nursing students improve children’s awareness of the condition
The students are asked ‘questions that are often challenging’

Innovative resource helps nursing students improve children’s awareness of the condition

  • Statistics indicate high likelihood children will come into contact with someone experiencing dementia
  • Resource won best educational initiative in Scotland’s dementia awards in 2016
  • Module helps nursing students understand the importance of health promotion and improve their communication skills

Nursing students at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) are helping to teach school children about dementia.

‘It’s helping the students to understand the importance of raising awareness and health promotion,’ says Winnie McGarry, a lecturer in adult nursing at the university’s Lanarkshire campus. ‘It’s a positive all round.’

The idea stemmed from research carried out by Ms McGarry and three colleagues – UWS adult nursing lecturers Caroline MacCallum, Wendy


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