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Preparing students for intentional conversations with older adults

This paper presents the findings from a study introducing nursing students to narrative production. The aim was to use Story Theory to inspire students to intentionally collaborate with older people and produce a mini-biography of those individuals. Narrative theory was utilised in four ways: designing an educational intervention; collecting and developing older peoples’ life stories; framing an understanding of the meaning of the stories collected; analysing the significance of the storytelling approach. The paper explains the study approach and findings and outlines the benefits as well as challenges that occurred during the process. Most particularly, the anthology produced has become a tangible reminder about a clinical practice that allowed students to meet frail aged residents and come to know them as vibrant human beings.

History

Start Page

1

End Page

19

Number of Pages

19

eISSN

1569-9935

ISSN

1387-6740

Publisher

John Benjamins Publishing Company

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

12/06/2020

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Narrative Inquiry