Effect of an acute care geriatric educational program on fall rates and nurse work satisfaction

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2009 Aug;40(8):371-9. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20090723-03.


Background: A successful faculty-mentored geriatric nurse education program resulted from an acute care-academic partnership.

Purpose: This study educated nurses in best geriatric nursing practices to enhance effective management of common geriatric problems as well as to improve nurse work satisfaction.

Methods: Forty-seven nurses completed an online course in geriatric best practices.

Results: Pre- and posttest comparisons showed a declining trend in the incidence of falls and improved satisfaction with autonomy, task requirements, and nurse-to-nurse interaction among participants. Units in which two or more participants achieved national certification had significantly lower fall rates 3 months after program completion. Participants who attained national certification also had significantly improved satisfaction with professional status.

Conclusion: This partnership represents a replicable model that facilitated the advancement of evidence-based practice and enhanced nurses' knowledge of best practices in caring for older adults. Early evidence shows that these successes may improve patient outcomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Evidence-Based Nursing
  • Geriatric Nursing / education*
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Professional Competence