Developing a Healthy Work Environment: An Action Learning Approach to Improving Quality of Life for People Living in Residential Aged Care

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/291025
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Developing a Healthy Work Environment: An Action Learning Approach to Improving Quality of Life for People Living in Residential Aged Care
Author(s):
Penney, Wendy; Martin, Louise Ann; Clinnick, Lisa M.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Wendy Penney, RN, MN, PhD, wendy.penney@ballarat.edu.au; Louise Ann Martin, RN, BA, AD, MHS; Lisa M. Clinnick, RN, BN, GdDpGrntN, MclN
Abstract:

Session presented on Sunday, April 14, 2013

Developing a healthy work environment: An action learning approach to improving quality of life for people living in residential aged care

Providing quality care for people living and dying in aged care homes requires nurses to have a unique set of skills. Nurses working in this environment need to be able to collaborate effectively with a range of health professionals to ensure residents complex care needs are met. Furthermore, they need to be able to communicate sensitively with residents and family members as transition into a residential aged care home is not always easy.  In a residential aged care setting where the skill mix of staff varies a healthy work environment is imperative to maintaining quality of life for residents.

We identified a need to develop an innovative way to improve quality of life for residents and chose an action learning approach to developing an education program that addresses the need for cultural change. The program was developed using resources from My Home Life (MHL) United Kingdom (UK) and is supported by Professor Julienne Meyer director of MHL. Action learning provides space for reflective learning amongst participants and supports individual and organisational development.  It is a simple and collaborative means of supporting change by enhancing and valuing individual performance. This approach has proved to be extremely successful in the UK and has resulted in significant sustainable cultural change in care homes.

Our program was implemented in a rural health service in regional Victoria, Australia and our research data has identified this approach generates positive energy and teamwork leading to improvement in person centred care.  This paper will demonstrate that an action learning approach to education supports a healthy work environment and that this leads to improving quality of life for older people living and dying in residential aged care homes.

Keywords:
Action Learning; teamwork; quality of life
Repository Posting Date:
13-May-2013
Date of Publication:
13-May-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
Creating Healthy Work Environments
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
Creating Healthy Work Environments. Held at the JW Marriott, Indianapolis

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryFull-texten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDeveloping a Healthy Work Environment: An Action Learning Approach to Improving Quality of Life for People Living in Residential Aged Careen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPenney, Wendyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Louise Annen_GB
dc.contributor.authorClinnick, Lisa M.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsWendy Penney, RN, MN, PhD, wendy.penney@ballarat.edu.au; Louise Ann Martin, RN, BA, AD, MHS; Lisa M. Clinnick, RN, BN, GdDpGrntN, MclNen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/291025-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on Sunday, April 14, 2013</p><b>Developing a healthy work environment: An action learning approach to improving quality of life for people living in residential aged care</b><p>Providing quality care for people living and dying in aged care homes requires nurses to have a unique set of skills. Nurses working in this environment need to be able to collaborate effectively with a range of health professionals to ensure residents complex care needs are met. Furthermore, they need to be able to communicate sensitively with residents and family members as transition into a residential aged care home is not always easy. &nbsp;In a residential aged care setting where the skill mix of staff varies a healthy work environment is imperative to maintaining quality of life for residents. <p>We identified a need to develop an innovative way to improve quality of life for residents and chose an action learning approach to developing an education program that addresses the need for cultural change. The program was developed using resources from My Home Life (MHL) United Kingdom (UK) and is supported by Professor Julienne Meyer director of MHL. Action learning provides space for reflective learning amongst participants and supports individual and organisational development.&nbsp; It is a simple and collaborative means of supporting change by enhancing and valuing individual performance. This approach has proved to be extremely successful in the UK and has resulted in significant sustainable cultural change in care homes. <p>Our program was implemented in a rural health service in regional Victoria, Australia and our research data has identified this approach generates positive energy and teamwork leading to improvement in person centred care.&nbsp; This paper will demonstrate that an action learning approach to education supports a healthy work environment and that this leads to improving quality of life for older people living and dying in residential aged care homes.en_GB
dc.subjectAction Learningen_GB
dc.subjectteamworken_GB
dc.subjectquality of lifeen_GB
dc.date.available2013-05-13T10:26:58Z-
dc.date.issued2013-05-13-
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-13T10:26:58Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.nameCreating Healthy Work Environmentsen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.descriptionCreating Healthy Work Environments. Held at the JW Marriott, Indianapolisen_GB
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