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photo A Perspective of Hope
Scenes from the Teaching Nursing Home
By Ben Achtenberg, Christine Mitchell & Susan Shaw

This film along with a companion film is available on one DVD here.

In an innovative approach to improving the long-term care of the elderly, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Teaching Nursing Home Program established clinical affiliations between nursing homes and university schools of nursing in twelve sites throughout the United States. This film looks at the impact of this unique project on the lives of individual nursing students, faculty, staff members and, most importanly, patients and their families. It presents a positive but realistic view of the obstacles and rewards of nursing on the frontiers of change. Co-produced by Ben Achtenberg & Christine Mitchell, RN, FAAN, whose Code Gray was nominated for an Academy Award.

29 minutes
© 1987
Purchase $99 VHS
Order No. QA-033
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-033-1

"Captures the intellectual challenges and the psychological rewards of professional nursing practice in nursing homes. A must for nursing students deciding on a career path."Linda Aiken, RN, PhD, FAAN, University of Pennsylvania

"Achtenberg and Mitchell (Code Gray) once again shine at humanizing a difficult aspect of nursing, and documenting the impact of caring professionals. Will also intereste affected lay audiences." Booklist

"Nicely portrays the experience of a nursing home and how the nurses feel about caring for these residents. The video is truly touching." Diane Vickroy, MSN, MED, RN

Awards & Conference Screenings
CINE Golden Eagle
Silver Hugo, Intercom/Chicago
American Journal of Nursing Awards
Retirement Research Foundation, Owl Awards
Birmingham International Film Festival

Related Films
Not My Home: A compelling look at life inside a nursing home, as residents, families, and staff discuss both the problems and the rewards they experience.

I'm Pretty Old: An engaging look at several elderly men and woman as they adapt to the realities of living in a nursing home.

My Mother, My Father Series: This two-part series portrays four families caring for aging parents. Their choices include care at home, use of a variety of support services, and nursing home placement. The follow up video revisits each family after a period of seven years, to explore changes in family dynamics and the caregivers' thoughts about their own aging.

From Rules to Caring Practices
Growing Up and Growing Old: Who will care for the estimated 14 million people who will soon need long-term care? How will we pay for it? Meet several caregivers who are struggling daily with the problems of caring for elderly parents or clients.


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To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website