Societal Trends Affecting Curriculum in Nursing Education
Society is experiencing various changes every time, and these changes have a significant effect on the nursing education. Nurses are often faced with complex situations that require critical thinking. Such situations thus necessitate the need to for educational changes in nursing to ensure better health outcomes. Societal changes come with different new trends affecting nursing students, nursing educators and the nursing curriculum as a whole.
Thesis: social changes often precipitate new trends that affect the nursing education and curriculums as a whole. Thus, various strategies need to be put in place to enhance positive effect of these trends on the nursing education.
Social trend affecting nursing education
Shift in demographics
The shift in age balance in society is normal, however, with the increased preventative care, many people are living longer. In the US for instance, it is estimated that about 20% of the population will be aged 65 years and above by 2020 (Iwasiw, 2014). These high population of older adults will thus lead to an increase in demand for nursing care. The nursing profession has a shortage across the country, and thus, there would need to teach new nurses on issues affecting older people.
In Canada, many of the patients aged above 75 years have complex issues that change dramatically. About 25% of bed occupation in Canada is by people older than 80 years (Snoeren, 2016). Care for the older adults has thus become a challenge coupled with the increased nursing shortage. To curb these challenge medical schools have come up with residency programs to ensure increased exposure