Does ageism still exist in nurse education?

Deborah Coleman

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Worldwide demographic changes mean that older people represent a significant group of patients for nurses everywhere. Ageism is increasingly recognised as an issue among healthcare professionals and evidence suggests that problems with quality of care remain. Nursing curricula have to address the needs of an ageing population in a variety of settings, reflect the importance of therapeutic care and explore nursing students’ attitudes, in order to provide them with the appropriate skills to meet the needs of older people. This article debates the main factors influencing gerontological content in nursing curricula and suggests that ageism is still evident in nurse education. A variety of strategies are identified to assist in developing appropriate curriculum content.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-21
Number of pages6
JournalNursing Older People
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2015


  • Ageism, curricula, nursing students


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