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Bridging the gap: an innovative dementia learning program for healthcare assistants in hospital wards using facilitator-led discussions

Citation
Chapman A & Law S (2009) Bridging the gap: an innovative dementia learning program for healthcare assistants in hospital wards using facilitator-led discussions, International Psychogeriatrics, 21 (S1).

Abstract
Nursing a person with dementia in a ward setting can be stressful and a challenge for staff and patients alike. Healthcare assistants are identified as requiring a specific training program. They form part of the front-line workforce and yet have the least access to training but often most contact with patients. The program in this study focused on person-centered care and used six self-study workbooks. Experienced registered nurses are trained to be facilitators of 12 group discussions in the ward setting. The training program viewed the facilitator as playing a key role in empowering the healthcare assistant but also in promoting reflective practice. The outcomes to date have been positive and showed a development in confidence and competence of the healthcare assistants involved.

Keywords
access; care; challenge; Competence; CONFIDENCE; CONTACT; DATE; Dementia; Development; Facilitators; Group Discussion; group discussions; healthcare; Learning; Nurses; Nursing; outcome; outcomes; patient; Patients; Practice; PROGRAM; Registered Nurses; Role; Training

StatusPublished
AuthorsChapman Alan, Law Shirley
Publication date04/2009
ISSN 1041-6102

Journal
International Psychogeriatrics: Volume 21, Issue S1 (2009/04//)

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