Beyond ‘doing’: Supporting clinical leadership and nursing practice in aged care through innovative models of care

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Title Beyond ‘doing’: Supporting clinical leadership and nursing practice in aged care through innovative models of care
Author Venturato, Lorraine; Drew, Liz
Journal Name Contemporary Nurse
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd
Abstract Contemporary health care environments are increasingly challenged by issues associated with the recruitment and retention of qualified nursing staff. This challenge is particularly felt by residential aged care providers, with registered nurse (RN) numbers already limited and resident acuity rapidly rising. As a result, aged care service providers are increasingly exploring creative and alternative models of care. This article details exploratory research into a pre-existing, alternative model of care in a medium sized, regional residential aged care facility. Research findings suggest that the model of care is complex and multi-faceted and is an example of an integrated model of care. As a result of the implementation of this model of care a number of shifts have occurred in the practice experiences and clinical culture within this facility. Results suggest that the main benefits of this model are: (1) increased opportunities for RNs to engage in clinical leadership and proactive care management; (2) improved management and communication in relation to work processes and practices; and (3) enhanced recruitment and retention of both RNs and care workers.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.5172/conu.2010.35.2.157
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 e-Content Management Pty Ltd. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 35
Issue Number 2
Page from 157
Page to 170
ISSN 1037-6178
Date Accessioned 2011-02-09
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Aged Care Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36799
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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