J Korean Acad Nurs.  2003 Jun;33(3):376-385.

Development of Gerontological Nursing Curriculum Model

  • 1Members of Gerontological Nursing Interest group, Sigma Theta Tau, Korea. msong@snu.ac.kr


PURPOSE: This study was conducted to develop gerontological curriculum model which reflects the need of Korean society. METHOD: Three round Delphi survey method was applied to find consensus of gerontological nursing competencies (knowledge, attitudes and skills) for graduates of nursing schools from the panel of gerontological nursing practice experts. Important concepts in gerontological nursing were delineated from literature review and discussions of gerontological nursing educators. Based on these results the gerontological nursing curriculum model was developed and course structure outlined by the researchers as a group. RESULT: As the result of delphi survey, 32 items of knowledge, 29 items of attitude, and 21 items of skill were identified. The curriculum model constructed around a cube with three plane- functional capacity levels, settings, and nursing practice. Specific knowledge, attitudes and skills for gerontological theory and practicum course were suggested. Competency items were assigned to theory and/or practice. CONCLUSION: A curriculum model for gerontological nursing has been developed by a group of gerontological nursing educators. The curriculum model should be further tested and developed with detailed theory and practicum course outline and textbooks.


Gerontological nursing; Curriculum; Model development
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