Evaluating Outcomes of an AmeriCorps Volunteer Service Program Designed to Augment the Nursing Workforce

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154556
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Presentation
Title:
Evaluating Outcomes of an AmeriCorps Volunteer Service Program Designed to Augment the Nursing Workforce
Abstract:
Evaluating Outcomes of an AmeriCorps Volunteer Service Program Designed to Augment the Nursing Workforce
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Heller, Barbara R., EdD, RN, FAAN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Maryland, Baltimore
Title:Executive Director, Center for Health Workforce Development
Co-Authors:Jennifer M. Calhoun, MS
The purpose of this poster presentation is to report findings of research conducted to evaluate the outcomes of a model AmeriCorps volunteer service program designed to augment the nursing workforce. By developing and deploying a cadre of skilled volunteers who serve as auxiliary health care workers, the program is helping to lessen critical nursing and other health workforce shortages. Program objectives are to 1) reduce caregiver burden within hospitals and nursing homes thereby increasing institutional capacity and enhancing service delivery to patients; and 2) establishing an educational pipeline that encourages AmeriCorps volunteers to pursue nursing careers.Volunteers are engaged as a ?domestic Peace Corps? and are assigned for a one-year service obligation at 40 hours per week to either a hospital or nursing home. Each AmeriCorps volunteer must satisfactorily complete didactic and experiential learning modules in communication, leadership, medical terminology, computer skills, CPR, first aid, and emergency preparedness, as well as CNA certification, prior to assuming direct patient care functions under the supervision of registered nurses. Specific volunteer duties may include: taking and recording vital signs; assisting patients with personal hygiene; stocking medical supplies; collecting specimens; and assisting with ambulating, exercising and transporting patients. Volunteers also participate in community health outreach activities. Through hands-on service learning and instruction, the AmeriCorps experience informs members about careers in nursing; helps them acquire academic, clinical and other citizenship and work skills; and instills a life-long commitment to volunteer service and advocacy.More than 2,000 patients are served annually by the AmeriCorps volunteers. Findings based on evaluation of performance measures and intended outcomes including those related to volunteer acquisition of skills and knowledge, improved delivery of patient care services, satisfaction of employees at the host institution, future career choice and employment of volunteers, suggest the potential for replicability of the AmeriCorps model.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEvaluating Outcomes of an AmeriCorps Volunteer Service Program Designed to Augment the Nursing Workforceen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154556-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Evaluating Outcomes of an AmeriCorps Volunteer Service Program Designed to Augment the Nursing Workforce</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Heller, Barbara R., EdD, RN, FAAN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Maryland, Baltimore</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Executive Director, Center for Health Workforce Development</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">bheller@umaryland.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Jennifer M. Calhoun, MS</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The purpose of this poster presentation is to report findings of research conducted to evaluate the outcomes of a model AmeriCorps volunteer service program designed to augment the nursing workforce. By developing and deploying a cadre of skilled volunteers who serve as auxiliary health care workers, the program is helping to lessen critical nursing and other health workforce shortages. Program objectives are to 1) reduce caregiver burden within hospitals and nursing homes thereby increasing institutional capacity and enhancing service delivery to patients; and 2) establishing an educational pipeline that encourages AmeriCorps volunteers to pursue nursing careers.Volunteers are engaged as a ?domestic Peace Corps? and are assigned for a one-year service obligation at 40 hours per week to either a hospital or nursing home. Each AmeriCorps volunteer must satisfactorily complete didactic and experiential learning modules in communication, leadership, medical terminology, computer skills, CPR, first aid, and emergency preparedness, as well as CNA certification, prior to assuming direct patient care functions under the supervision of registered nurses. Specific volunteer duties may include: taking and recording vital signs; assisting patients with personal hygiene; stocking medical supplies; collecting specimens; and assisting with ambulating, exercising and transporting patients. Volunteers also participate in community health outreach activities. Through hands-on service learning and instruction, the AmeriCorps experience informs members about careers in nursing; helps them acquire academic, clinical and other citizenship and work skills; and instills a life-long commitment to volunteer service and advocacy.More than 2,000 patients are served annually by the AmeriCorps volunteers. Findings based on evaluation of performance measures and intended outcomes including those related to volunteer acquisition of skills and knowledge, improved delivery of patient care services, satisfaction of employees at the host institution, future career choice and employment of volunteers, suggest the potential for replicability of the AmeriCorps model.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:05:34Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:05:34Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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