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Views on the ground: teaching and clinical assessors' views on vocational training for healthcare assistants in Ireland.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15807749     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
AIM AND OBJECTIVES: This paper reports the views of teaching staff and clinical assessors on their experience of programme delivery and assessment. BACKGROUND: In 2001, the Irish Department of Health and Children developed a vocational training programme for healthcare assistants. This programme was piloted nationally across 14 hospital and community sites. Teaching staff and clinical assessors at each site delivered the programme. METHOD: One-to-one semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 16 clinical staff and 26 teaching staff. With consent, all interviews were tape-recorded, from which the transcripts were subject to content analysis. RESULTS: A lack of experience and preparation among teaching staff and clinical assessors was evident. The staff's commitment to their role on the programme while maintaining their normal duties caused frustration and uncertainty. Not withstanding, the value of the programme in terms of increased motivation, satisfaction and knowledge of healthcare assistants and the impact on care delivery, was recognized by respondents. CONCLUSIONS: This programme represents the provision of a national standard training programme for healthcare assistants. It provides an insight into the delivery of such a programme and the educational and training needs of healthcare assistants through the views of staff that taught and assessed on it. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Findings suggest that the development and implementation of a national training programme for healthcare assistants is achievable.
Authors:
Hugh P McKenna; Sinead Keeney; Felicity Hasson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical nursing     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0962-1067     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Nurs     Publication Date:  2005 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-05     Completed Date:  2005-05-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9207302     Medline TA:  J Clin Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  426-34     Citation Subset:  N    
Affiliation:
University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Certification / organization & administration
Curriculum
Faculty, Nursing* / organization & administration
Forecasting
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Services Needs and Demand
Humans
Inservice Training / organization & administration*
Ireland
Motivation
Nurse's Role
Nurses' Aides / education*,  organization & administration
Nursing Education Research
Nursing Methodology Research
Nursing Staff / education,  organization & administration,  psychology*
Professional Competence / standards
Program Development
Program Evaluation
Qualitative Research
Questionnaires
Self Efficacy
Teaching / organization & administration*
Vocational Education / organization & administration*

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