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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Teaching Nursing Home Project: A Grassroots, Collaborative Effort to Generate Innovation from the Bottom-Up

Providers from multiple disciplines must collaborate for nursing homes to meet their goal of comprehensive care for their clients. Over the fall 2005 two interdisciplinary teams were formulated within a nursing home. The teams consisted of one graduate nursing student from the University of Rochester and one graduate student from the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program as well as interdisciplinary staff from two units of the nursing home. The goal was for the students and other team members to assist the team members least empowered to create innovations to improve the lives of the residents. The first project aimed to minimize agitation among nursing facility residents with dementia. The second project aimed to increase stimulation among residents during mealtime, maximize space in the community area on the unit, and create a homey environment. These projects allowed for collaborative learning through interdisciplinary teamwork to improve practice at the nursing home.

Presenters: Judith Hess (Graduate Student)
Crystol Mihaly (Graduate Student)
Topic: Social Work
Location: 336 MetroCenter
Time: 6 pm (Session VI)