Evaluation of an Older Persons' Assessment Educational Workbook with second year nursing students in the UK

Deborah Coleman

Queen's University, Belfast

Deborah is currently completing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Queen's University Belfast and is due to submit her thesis in June 2015. She is a lecturer (education) within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's University Belfast. As well as teaching in the undergraduate programme she is Pathway Leader for the BSc (Hons)/Graduate Diploma Specialist Practice in Nursing Care of Older People. Deborah is a Registered Nurse and Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing). With an interest in the health and social care of older people her most recent post in practice was working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to provide services to older people with complex needs. This developed her interest in the essential skills of patient assessment which has been identified as the cornerstone of quality care provision. The teaching and learning strategies used to support nursing students to develop holistic assessment skills with older people is the focus of her thesis. She maintains an interest in all issues relating to care of the older person, both in practice and education.


Background: As a first step to successfully meet the complex health and social needs of older people, patient assessment has become a central feature of government policy and practice in order to ensure that care planning is... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Deborah Coleman (Queen's University, Belfast)
  2. Dr Kevin Gormley (Queen's University, Belfast)
  3. Dr Janice Christie (Manchester University)

Topic Areas

Lifecourse, older people or dementia , Education Research


OS-2B2 » OS 2 life course 2 (11:50 - Monday, 30th March, classroom 2)

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