Staff training and turnover in Alzheimer special care units: comparisons with non-special care units.

Leslie A Grant, Rosalie A Kane, Sandra J Potthoff, M. Ryden

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Abstract

Nursing facility staff may not be properly trained to deal with behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. We collected data about specialized dementia training and turnover among licensed nurses and nursing assistants in 400 nursing units in 124 Minnesota nursing facilities. Staff training may affect the retention of paraprofessional and professional nursing staff. A diversity of training methods, including workshops or seminars, films or videos, outside consultants, reading materials, training manuals, in-house experts, role playing techniques, or an orientation program for new staff, might be used to develop more effective training programs and reduce rates of nursing assistant turnover.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-282
Number of pages5
JournalGeriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.)
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

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Funding Information:
LESLIE A. GRANT, PhD, and SANDRA J. POTTHOFF, PhD, are assistant professors at the School of Public Health, Division of Health Management and Policy, ROSALIE A. KANE, DSW, is a professor at the School of Public Health, Institute for Health Services Research, and MURIEL RYDEN, RaN, PhD, is a professor at the School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Supported in part through a grant from the National Institute on Aging for NIA Collaborative Studies on Special Care Units for Alzheimer's Disease (RFA AG-91-06). Copyright 9 I996 by Mosby-Year Book, Inc. 0197-4572/96/$5.00 + 0 34/1/75282

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