Culture Change Nursing Homes as Clinical Training Sites: Recommendations to the Field
The aim of this project was to develop Recommendations, in the form of e-Learning modules. Content drew on faculty and nursing home educators as authors and Steering Committee members with already-developed experience and expertise in the use of resident directed/culture change nursing homes by schools of nursing.
The objectives of this project were to:
· Improve the number, quality and preparedness of nursing and other academic health care programs using nursing homes as clinical training sites, with a special focus on resident directed/culture change nursing homes.
· Improve nursing homes’ readiness to serve as clinical training sites.
Promoting culture change and person-centered care is the underlying vision for this project. By establishing criteria, the Recommendations encourage schools of nursing to seek out culture change nursing homes so that together they could create nursing home-stationed educators. The Modules include the Pioneer Network Nurse Competencies for Nursing Homes and strongly recommend that information about culture change and person-centered care be included in didactic learning experiences, reinforcing that it is best obtained through structured nursing home clinical experiences that involve the nursing staff and the interdisciplinary team.
From the original proposal, the number of Modules was extended to six to fully encompass the content, as recommended by the Steering Committee. This modification and faculty scheduling changed the projected timeline for this project.
Ongoing wide dissemination includes posting of the Recommendations on the Hartford Institute and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and other linked web sites, webinars (available archived), on relevant web sites, and presentations at national meetings.