ERIC Number: ED246978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-14
Reference Count: 0
Feasibility Study: A Gerontological Survey to Determine Certification and Continuing Education Needs of Area Nursing Home Staff.
Christensen, Mary Ann
Developed as part of an evaluation of the feasibility of establishing a continuing education program for nursing home staff at Butler County Community College (BCCC), this report provides an overview of continuing education in the field at national, state, and local levels. Section I introduces the demographic, social, and economic trends that necessitate improved and extended continuing education for nursing home staff. Section II examines the status of nursing home continuing education on a national level, pointing to three types of staffing problems: insufficient staff-to-patient ratio, high turnover, and lack of training. Section III provides a statewide focus on nursing homes in Kansas; recent state regulations for the certification of nursing home personnel; statewide program offerings for various job categories; procedures for developing approved courses; and initial training programs and continuing education opportunities. Section IV presents findings from studies to assess the need for a continuing education program at BCCC, based on survey responses from nursing homes in the catchment area. Information is provided on: (1) the responsibilities and educational needs of nursing home administrators, directors of nursing, activity directors, dietitians, registered and licensed practical nurses, nurses aides, medication aides, restorative aides, and social service designees; (2) jobs in which turnover was of most concern; (3) staffing patterns; and (4) recommended emphases of a continuing education program at BCCC. (LAL)
Descriptors: Allied Health Personnel, Certification, Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Educational Needs, Employment Practices, Employment Problems, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Nurses, Nurses Aides, Nursing Homes, Older Adults, Professional Continuing Education, Program Development, State Surveys, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Butler County Community Coll., El Dorado, KS.