Oncology Nursing Assistant Development Program: A Partnership Approach to Address Healthcare Challenges

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165435
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Oncology Nursing Assistant Development Program: A Partnership Approach to Address Healthcare Challenges
Author(s):
Wagner, J.; Schiech, L.; Damsky, D.
Author Details:
J. Wagner, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; L. Schiech; D. Damsky
Abstract:
The critical nursing shortage, as well as the aging of the nursing workforce, has had a tremendous impact on the delivery of nursing care nationally. To respond to this challenge, this NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center re-framed its primary nursing model to partner with certified nursing assistants with oncology-specific skills. Goals of the Nursing Assistant Development Program were to expand utilization of nursing assistants throughout the institution, and to provide educational programs designed to ensure that nursing assistants have appropriate skills to function effectively as members of the oncology nursing team. A team of three clinical nurse specialists developed a basic nursing assistant curriculum modeled from the Pennsylvania state certified Long Term Care nursing aide curriculum. All nursing assistants, including existing and newly hired staff, were required to attend the three-day education program. The curriculum reinforced basic skills related to patient care and incorporated oncology specific information such as symptom management and end of life care. A Competency Evaluation tool is utilized to assess basic competencies. Two part-time staff nurses functioned as clinical instructors, validating performance of skills and providing supplemental instruction. The Nursing Assistant Development Program’s goals have been expanded to identify a structure for continuing education, as well as, the development of a three-step clinical ladder designed to encourage career advancement. Nursing Assistants who meet the criteria for the 3rd clinical ladder level are required to be enrolled in a nursing school program and will be expected to demonstrate advanced technical skills, critical thinking abilities, and effective communication skills. Development of nursing assistants has widespread implications for nursing practice. To ensure the success of the program, a series of concurrent classes are offered for RNs focusing on delegation techniques. A consultant specializing in team building and conflict management provides additional support. It is hoped that the outcomes will be: improved utilization of the registered nurses’ time and professional skills, enhancement of job satisfaction at all levels, and recruitment of qualified candidates for academic nursing programs. As the program continues to evolve, staff will be surveyed and outcomes will be measured and analyzed.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2003
Conference Name:
28th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Denver, Colorado, USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleOncology Nursing Assistant Development Program: A Partnership Approach to Address Healthcare Challengesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWagner, J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSchiech, L.en_US
dc.contributor.authorDamsky, D.en_US
dc.author.detailsJ. Wagner, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; L. Schiech; D. Damskyen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165435-
dc.description.abstractThe critical nursing shortage, as well as the aging of the nursing workforce, has had a tremendous impact on the delivery of nursing care nationally. To respond to this challenge, this NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center re-framed its primary nursing model to partner with certified nursing assistants with oncology-specific skills. Goals of the Nursing Assistant Development Program were to expand utilization of nursing assistants throughout the institution, and to provide educational programs designed to ensure that nursing assistants have appropriate skills to function effectively as members of the oncology nursing team. A team of three clinical nurse specialists developed a basic nursing assistant curriculum modeled from the Pennsylvania state certified Long Term Care nursing aide curriculum. All nursing assistants, including existing and newly hired staff, were required to attend the three-day education program. The curriculum reinforced basic skills related to patient care and incorporated oncology specific information such as symptom management and end of life care. A Competency Evaluation tool is utilized to assess basic competencies. Two part-time staff nurses functioned as clinical instructors, validating performance of skills and providing supplemental instruction. The Nursing Assistant Development Program’s goals have been expanded to identify a structure for continuing education, as well as, the development of a three-step clinical ladder designed to encourage career advancement. Nursing Assistants who meet the criteria for the 3rd clinical ladder level are required to be enrolled in a nursing school program and will be expected to demonstrate advanced technical skills, critical thinking abilities, and effective communication skills. Development of nursing assistants has widespread implications for nursing practice. To ensure the success of the program, a series of concurrent classes are offered for RNs focusing on delegation techniques. A consultant specializing in team building and conflict management provides additional support. It is hoped that the outcomes will be: improved utilization of the registered nurses’ time and professional skills, enhancement of job satisfaction at all levels, and recruitment of qualified candidates for academic nursing programs. As the program continues to evolve, staff will be surveyed and outcomes will be measured and analyzed.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:18:29Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:18:29Z-
dc.conference.date2003en_US
dc.conference.name28th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationDenver, Colorado, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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