Geriatric Nursing Assistants: An Annotated Bibliography with Models to Enhance Practice by George H. WeberGeriatric Nursing Assistants: An Annotated Bibliography with Models to Enhance Practice by George H. Weber

Geriatric Nursing Assistants: An Annotated Bibliography with Models to Enhance Practice

byGeorge H. Weber

Hardcover | October 1, 1990

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The role of the nursing home has expanded in the late twentieth century due to both the growing percentage of elderly in the U.S. population and to society's tendency to over-institutionalize people. In recent years, the kinds and quality of care given to the elderly in nursing homes have received intense scrutiny. This timely bibliography focuses on nursing assistants--the personnel who are with the elderly around the clock, doing a variety of tasks, ranging from helping them with basic functions to comforting them during periods of distress. Nursing assistants provide as much as 90 percent of the direct care received by the elderly in the nursing home setting. Emphasizing the psychosocial skills that make the nursing assistant's job so important to the well being of nursing home residents, Geriatric Nursing Assistants collects and annotates the heretofore scattered references to nursing assistants and includes literature pertinent to the construction of models that improve nursing-assistant practice. The first four chapters present the annotated reviews, which are organized in anticipation of the practice enhancement models discussed in Chapter Six. These reviews center on the tasks and context of the nursing assistant's work and on ways to improve practice through training, organizational development, advocacy, and bargaining. Chapter Five offers a tentative psychosocial concept of nursing-assistant practice that requires further development, detailing the various resident psychosocial circumstances to which the nursing assistant might respond helpfully and the kinds of interventions and techniques which the nursing assistant might attempt. In Chapter Six, intervention models--oninservice training, organizational development, advocacy, and bargaining--are presented in ideal-typical forms that recognize the limitations of daily practice; also, these models emphasize rigorous practice and its evaluation. Activities necessary to further develop the nursing-assistant occupation, including political action, are investigated in Chapter Seven, which also considers the moral aspects of a progressive agenda for nursing assistants. This reference seeks to improve services to nursing home residents and represents a valuable, practical contribution to the geriatric field. It will be useful to nursing home administrators and directors of nursing homes who must address ways to improve the working conditions of nursing assistants; to academicians in their research, training, and advocacy efforts; and to the training directors and supervisors in the field who can directly aid nursing assistants in the acquisition of needed knowledge and skills.
Title:Geriatric Nursing Assistants: An Annotated Bibliography with Models to Enhance PracticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 1990Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313266654

ISBN - 13:9780313266652

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Editorial Reviews

?Weber includes books, journal articles, and dissertations published in the last 20 years and having to do with nursing assistants in geriatric care settings, particularly nursing homes. The 223 annotated references are organized under four broad subject areas; these chapters are complemented by three essays concerned with improving geriatric care and the well-being of nursing assistants. Subject and author indexes complete the book. The only flaw in the work is that the numbers in the indexes are page numbers rather than the numbers of the individual citations, as one would expect. The author of this comprehensive bibliography has a sincere interest in changing the current status of geriatric care, a field of work in which the main practitioners are often poorly trained, recognized, and compensated. It was interesting to this reviewer that no one has written anything on the increasing practice, especially in large urban areas, of hiring refugees and immigrants, whose proficiency in English is often very low, to work with persons whose ability to use language may be diminished by strokes (CV As). Nursing home directors would be well advised to purchase this book, but its most likely audience will be graduate students in nursing. Very highly recommended.?-Choice