Developing facilitation skills amongst undergraduate nursing students to promote dementia awareness with children in a higher education institution (innovative practice)

Caroline Gibson, Karen Rennie, Jan Dewing, Lesley McKinlay

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    Abstract

    Final year students on a BSc Hons Nursing programme in Scotland were supported to become Dementia Friends facilitators and develop interactive dementia awareness sessions for children from local schools. The children were invited to indicate phrases and images they associated with ‘dementia’ at the outset and end of the session. Analysis of the responses suggested that there were positive changes in the children’s values and beliefs when thinking about a person living with dementia during the sessions. We suggest that peer learning is a valuable strategy to increase public and professional awareness about dementia and supports the development of graduate attributes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalDementia
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Nov 2018

    Keywords

    • dementia
    • Dementia Friends
    • education
    • inclusivity
    • peer facilitation

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