Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative
Video: Discover Mental Health - The Forgotten Piece in Elder Care
A 9.5 minute video that shares the expertise of key geropsychiatric nursing leaders - including 2010 APNA Nurse of the Year Kathleen Buckwalter PhD, RN, FAAN - providing inspiration to nursing students as they incorporate mental health care of older adults in their nursing careers.
View the video on the American Academy of Nursing’s website.
Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN
APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year
With a rocky start and many unexpected turns, Kathleen “Kitty” Buckwalter’s career has been anything but mundane. From a scuba diving nurse in San Diego, to a violin-playing APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year, her story hinges not only upon lucky encounters and flukes but also upon her ability to recognize what she wanted when she saw it, and the flexibility and drive to go after it.
After experiencing some disenchantment with rigid nursing curricula in her early undergraduate career, Kitty finally found her niche during her senior year at the University of Iowa: psychiatric and public health nursing courses plus an independent study on the relatively new topic of dementia.
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