Two University of Rochester Medical Center organizations have won a state grant to bolster the skills of 700 Highland and Strong Memorial Hospital nurses in caring for elderly patients.
Training of existing nursing staff and new hires at the URMC hospitals under the two-year, $136,000 grant would be a joint undertaking of the Strong and Highland nursing programs and UR’s School of Nursing, URMC officials said.
Some 50 nurses are to be trained initially in a course called Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders, covering topics such as distinguishing delirium from dementia and avoiding practices that can adversely affect geriatric patients.
The hospital nursing organizations and the nursing school then plan to devise a program to instruct another 650 nurses.
The four-hour course partially was developed using input from elderly patients and their families gathered through Strong’s and Highland’s Patient Advisory Councils. Course materials include case studies, online interactive programs and videos.
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