The Effect of a Competency-Strengthening Program to Use Geriatric Health Assessment Tools among Nursing Students

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Winthanyou Bunthan


This quasi-experimental study aimed to examine the effects of a competencystrengthening program to use geriatric health assessment tools on knowledge and perceived skills in using the tools of nursing students. The concept of experiential learning was used to guide the study. The sample consisted of 48 third-year nursing students by which 24 students were in the experimental group and 24 students were in the control group.Research instruments included: 1) the Knowledge to Use Geriatric Health Assessment Tools Scale), and 2) the Perceived Skills to Use Geriatric Health Assessment Tools Scale. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Wilcoxon signed-rank test, and Mann-Whitney U test. The results showed that the mean rank of knowledge and perceived skills in using geriatric health assessment tools after the experiment were significantly higher than those before the experiment, as well as higher than those in the control group.
Therefore, the competency-strengthening program to use geriatric health assessment tools should be applied to nursing students before practicing in nursing practicum.


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Bunthan W. The Effect of a Competency-Strengthening Program to Use Geriatric Health Assessment Tools among Nursing Students. Rama Nurs J [Internet]. 2020Aug.30 [cited 2020Dec.5];26(2):232-45. Available from:


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