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Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Exploring nursing students’ knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease

Why you should read this article: • To be aware of the importance of dementia education in informing the provision of high-quality care • To recognise the strengths and gaps in nursing students’ knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease • To consider ways in which dementia education could be improved for future cohorts Background As the number of people with a diagnosis of dementia continues to increase, it is essential that nurses have the skills required to provide high-quality care. However, there may be gaps in dementia teaching in undergraduate nurse education programmes in the UK. Aim To assess knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease among one cohort of third-year nursing students to improve the education content of the dementia module at Oxford Brookes University, England. Method A total of 35 participants completed the Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge Scale, a validated tool that measures knowledge about risk factors, assessment and diagnosis, symptoms, course (disease progression), life impact, caregiving, and treatment and management. Data were analysed using quantitative methods. Results Participating students appeared to have greater knowledge about dementia in relation to treatment and management, life impact, caregiving, and assessment and diagnosis, and less knowledge about risk factors, course and symptoms. This may be because the focus of teaching is on caregiving and medical treatment. Conclusion This study identified strengths and gaps in nursing students’ knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease. The results have informed recommendations for ways to improve the education content of the dementia module for future cohorts and to enhance dementia education in nursing, health and social care undergraduate programmes in general.

Using procalcitonin testing to guide treatment decisions in care homes

Using procalcitonin testing to guide treatment decisions in care homes

PCT may be beneficial in identifying and treating bacterial infections in older people

Reframing nurses’ time to enhance interpersonal interactions in dementia care

Reframing nurses’ time to enhance interpersonal interactions in dementia care

Learn about techniques that you can use to be more ‘present’ with people with dementia

Prevention of pressure ulcers in older people with frailty

Prevention of pressure ulcers in older people with frailty

Identify interventions you could use in your practice to prevent and manage pressure ulcers

Integrating oral care into nursing practice in care homes

Integrating oral care into nursing practice in care homes

Learn about some measures that could support nurses to implement high-quality oral care

Estimating the cost of an individualised music intervention for aged care residents with dementia

Estimating cost of a music intervention for aged care residents with dementia

Individualised music listening has been shown to reduce agitation and improve mood

Effects of social isolation and restrictions on older people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Effects of social isolation and restrictions on older people during COVID-19

Nurses need to be mindful of potential post-pandemic deconditioning in older people

Diagnosing, managing and preventing urinary tract infections in older people with dementia in hospital

Diagnosing, managing and preventing UTIs in older people with dementia in hospital

Urinary tract infections are common in older people but frequently complicated to diagnose

Care home uniforms: exploring stakeholders’ views on clothing options for staff

Care home uniforms: exploring stakeholders’ views on clothing options for staff

The care home community is divided on whether or not staff should wear a uniform

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Developing a competency framework for early career nurses undertaking post-registration education in care for older people

Early career nurses undertaking post-registration education in care for older people

Developing and evaluating a competency framework in a UK university

Comprehensive geriatric assessment: outcomes of an advanced nurse practitioner-led service for older people requiring emergency surgery

An advanced nurse practitioner-led service for older people’s emergency surgery

Enhance your awareness of the value and use of comprehensive geriatric assessments

Role of medicines management in preventing falls in older people

Role of medicines management in preventing falls in older people

Consider actions you could take in your practice to prevent medicines-related falls

Nutritional interventions in older people with COVID-19: an overview of the evidence

The role of nutritional interventions in the treatment of, and recovery from, COVID-19

‘Five things about me’ – enhancing person-centred care for older people

How person-centred care includes the whole person, including values, beliefs and aspirations

Exploring the use of music as an intervention for older people living in nursing homes

Why you should read this article: • To understand why enjoying cultural events such as music...

Organic versus mixed specialist older adult inpatient mental health units

Does care quality for people with dementia differ between mixed and organic wards?

Using video consultations to support family carers of people living with dementia

The experiences of a team of Admiral Nurses in setting up and conducting video consultations

The psychological effects of caring for a family member with dementia

An integrative review of the effects of caring for a family member with dementia at home

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