The next step in the analysis involved an extensive review of five GMSN textbooks published between 2009 and 2012 and currently available for use in pre-licensure nursing programs.
(2008), but identified in the GMSN textbooks, were included in the analysis matrix as topic areas.
GMSN textbooks, perhaps the most widely used knowledge-dissemination tool for the care of hospitalized older adults in pre-licensure nursing programs, appeared to pre sent gerontological content as disease progression or health problems, an approach that may convey a negative impression of aging and older adults for pre-licensure nursing students.
The GMSN textbooks were specifically examined for amount and quality of gerontological nursing content based on 29 topic areas relevant to quality care for hospitalized older adults.
For example, one GMSN text that dedicated a full chapter on health problems of older adults had no content on sexuality.
For example, all GMSN textbooks had an entire chapter dedicated to palliative care that covered the topic in depth, with information on patient and family issues, symptom management, and other psychosocial issues surrounding palliative care.