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Hopkins To Launch First Online Course in Guided Care Nursing

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Posted: 5/18/2009

The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (IJHN) will introduce the nation's first online course in Guided Care Nursing this June, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Bringing together faculty and clinical experts from the schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health, as well as The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, the course focuses on best practices in chronic disease management, caregiver education and support, transitional care, and geriatric evaluation. 

With the number of adults aged 65 years or older expected to more than double to about 71 million by 2030 in the U.S., Guided Care has far-reaching implications for the nations health care system. "As Americans live longerand are expected to do so with more chronic conditionsthe role of the nurse as coach, teacher, and source of evidence-based knowledge and skills has become increasingly important, and has created a growing need for this specialized training," says IJHN Executive Director Jane Shivnan, MScN, RN, AOCN.   "Guided Care has the potential to transform how we relate to our most vulnerable, community-dwelling older patients."

The online course is a six-week learning experience taught by IJHN faculty which features asynchronous web-based learning modules, live webinars, and simulations.  "This course was developed in an online format to be convenient for working nurses whose schedules are not often conducive to traditional teaching methods and class attendance," says Elizabeth (Ibby) Tanner, PhD, MS, RN, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing who participated in developing the curriculum.  "We were careful to develop the online course modules in a format that includes live web-based seminars and lots of interaction with faculty and other studentswe set out to create a forum with enhanced learning capabilities." 

The Guided Care Nursing course will be of interest to nurses who would like to work in this new role in health care, as well as to nurses who wish to increase their knowledge about care of older adults, and learn new skills such as coaching and motivational interviewing.