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Health Care Assistants: the views of managers of health care agencies on training and employment

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Keeney, Sinead, Hasson, Felicity and McKenna, Hugh (2005) Health Care Assistants: the views of managers of health care agencies on training and employment. Journal of Nursing Management, 13 (2). pp. 82-92. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jnm.2005.13.issue-1/issuetoc

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2004.00457.x

Abstract

AIM: The aim of this study was to obtain the views of managers of health care agencies to assess whether they would employ trained health care assistants (HCAs). BACKGROUND: In 2000/2001, a training programme for HCAs was piloted in the Republic of Ireland. It was important to ascertain if the training programme was capable of producing HCAs that health care agencies would employ. METHODS: A self-administrated postal survey was distributed to health care agencies. RESULTS: Findings included suggestions on how the content of the programme could be made more relevant; most of the managers surveyed would employ a HCA trained on the programme; respondents did not believe that the HCA role encroached on that of the nurse and/or midwife and; most already employed HCAs with some offering informal, in-house training. CONCLUSION: Overall, respondents' views of the training programme were extremely positive with many recommending that it be continued and expanded.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Health Promotion and Adolescent Health
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Education and Professional Issues Research Group
Psychology Research Institute > The Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing
ID Code:14773
Deposited By:Dr Sinead Keeney
Deposited On:13 Sep 2010 10:52
Last Modified:15 Apr 2014 11:38

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