This qualitative project used conventional content analysis of interview data to examine nurses’ experience with and perception of the Elder Veteran Program, an inpatient geriatric consulting service, at a midwestern Veterans’ hospital. Nurses were recruited from nursing units utilizing the program and completed individual interviews (N = 10). Participants described the impact of the program within four categories: providing comprehensive care to patients, contributing to individual growth of nurses, promoting team-based care, and as a resource. Participants described several barriers and facilitators to implementation of the program on their unit, including workload and time, shifts and availability of program staff, perceived need, inclusion criteria, perception of program staff, education of nurses, communication, and the inpatient environment. This project provides opportunities for further examination of healthcare providers’ experience with inpatient geriatric programs, how those experiences may relate to effectiveness of programs, and important areas of support for hospital staff.
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