Implementation of the 6-Week Educational Component in the Res-Care Intervention: Process and Outcomes

University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA.
The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing (Impact Factor: 0.52). 09/2009; 40(8):353-60. DOI: 10.3928/00220124-20090723-04
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A 6-week restorative care educational program (30 minutes weekly) was conducted for nursing assistants. A total of 523 nursing assistants from 12 nursing homes were recruited: 265 were at treatment sites and 258 were at control sites. The mean age of the participants was 38.1 years (SD = 12.0). The majority were female (486; 93%) and African American (466; 89%). The nursing assistants had an average of 14.7 (SD = 3.8) years of education and 11.5 (SD = 8.6) years of experience. Control sites had a single 30-minute in-service on managing behavioral problems commonly associated with dementia. A total of 33% of the nursing assistants who consented to participate at the treatment sites attended all six classes, and 53% of those who did not attend at least three classes received one-on-one review of the class content. Overall, 86% of the nursing assistants who consented to participate attended the 6-week educational program. At the control sites, 18% of the nursing assistants who consented to participate attended the in-service training. There was a significant increase in restorative care knowledge (SD = 2.7, F = 280.4, p < .05) in treatment group participants. The techniques used in this intervention were effective in helping to expose nursing assistants to educational sessions and increase their knowledge of nursing care practices.

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