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Discover Mental Health: The Forgotten Piece in Elder Care


Discover Mental Health: The Forgotten Piece in Elder Care

Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative
Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative (GPNC)
Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative (HGNI)
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This 9.5 minute video captures the thoughts of key geropsychiatric nursing leaders. It is meant to serve as inspiration for nursing students as they incorporate mental health care of older adults in their nursing careers.

Educational objectives: 

After viewing this webinar, learners will better understand the importance of incorporating awareness and understanding of mental health issues in their care of older adults.

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It is recommended to first save the video to your desktop by right-clicking the link and choosing "Save Target As".  Quicktime or another MP4 video player is required.  If choosing to open video within your browser, please note that the video may take a few minutes to load.



The four leaders interviewed are:



  •  Cornelia Beck, PhD, RN, FAAN
  •  Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN
  •  Lois Evans, PhD, RN, FAAN
  •  May Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

These leaders provide reflections about the following topics:

  •  Geropsychiatric Nursing Education: Meeting 21st Century Demands for Better Care
  •  What Drew me to the Field of Geropsychiatric Nursing
  •  My Greatest Accomplishment
  •  Advice

The video conveys that while not every student will become a geropsychiatric nurse, almost all nurses at some point in their careers will care for older adults with mental health issues. Therefore, they will need the requisite knowledge, skills and compassion to improve the quality of life for this most challenging, rewarding and neglected population.

The video was produced by the Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative, a project of the American Academy of Nursing. The video was supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Frances Payne Bolton Florence Cellar Professorship in Gerontological Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

This video can be used as a standalone resource or segments can easily be excerpted for specific uses. The video can also be viewed on AAN's web site at

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Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative. Discover Mental Health: The Forgotten Piece in Elder Care. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2012 Available from: