Care Assistants (care + assistant)

Distribution by Scientific Domains

Kinds of Care Assistants

  • health care assistant


  • Selected Abstracts


    Patient safety and quality of care: the role of the health care assistant

    JOURNAL OF NURSING MANAGEMENT, Issue 6 2004
    AdvDipEd, DipN (Lond), FEANS, FRCN, FRCSI, Hugh P. McKenna BSc (Hons)
    The role of the Health Care Assistant emerged primarily to support the professional nurse and to undertake perceived ,non-nursing' duties under the direction and supervision of qualified nurses. Health Care Assistants are employed in a variety of clinical settings and carry out a range of tasks and procedures. While they represent a substantial proportion of the health care workforce, the growth of their role has taken place without regulation, clear boundaries, or systematic education and training. This has raised serious concerns, especially with regard to the issues of patient safety and quality of care. For health professionals, regulations, role clarity and validated education and training are key elements of ensuring the safety of the public. This paper explores these issues with regard to the Health Care Assistant role and finds them wanting. [source]


    Handbook for Care Assistants, 6th edition.

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, Issue 2 2005
    Edited by Lynne Phair, Sue Benson.
    No abstract is available for this article. [source]


    Patient safety and quality of care: the role of the health care assistant

    JOURNAL OF NURSING MANAGEMENT, Issue 6 2004
    AdvDipEd, DipN (Lond), FEANS, FRCN, FRCSI, Hugh P. McKenna BSc (Hons)
    The role of the Health Care Assistant emerged primarily to support the professional nurse and to undertake perceived ,non-nursing' duties under the direction and supervision of qualified nurses. Health Care Assistants are employed in a variety of clinical settings and carry out a range of tasks and procedures. While they represent a substantial proportion of the health care workforce, the growth of their role has taken place without regulation, clear boundaries, or systematic education and training. This has raised serious concerns, especially with regard to the issues of patient safety and quality of care. For health professionals, regulations, role clarity and validated education and training are key elements of ensuring the safety of the public. This paper explores these issues with regard to the Health Care Assistant role and finds them wanting. [source]


    Health care assistants' role, function and development: results of a national survey

    NURSING IN CRITICAL CARE, Issue 4 2003
    The British Association of Critical Care NursesArticle first published online: 31 JUL 200
    Summary ,,Intensive care has developed as a speciality since the 1950s; during this time there have been major technological advances in health care provision leading to a rapid expansion of all areas of critical care ,,The ongoing problem of recruiting appropriately qualified nurses has affected staffing levels in many units and continues to be a national problem. For many, the answer lies in employing health care assistants to support the work of registered nurses ,,A key aim of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses is to promote the art and science of critical care nursing by providing representation for its members, by responding to political and professional change and by producing and publishing position statements ,,A primary component of the work surrounding the development of this second position statement was the gathering of contemporary information in relation to the role of health care assistants within critical care units throughout the UK, through a survey of 645 critical care units within the UK ,,At present the impact upon the role of the critical care nurse is not fully understood, with research in this area suggesting that although there is a role for the health care assistant in the critical care environment, this should only be undertaken with a full analysis of this impact upon the work of the registered nurse [source]


    Managements' perception of community nurses' decision-making processes when referring older adults to an emergency department

    JOURNAL OF NURSING MANAGEMENT, Issue 6 2006
    A. KIHLGREN MSc
    In Sweden, older adults are living and being cared for under the responsibility of their respective community. Extensive reorganizations in the community led to management having different backgrounds, which may have caused uncertainty among community nurses, especially in decision-making processes. The aim was to understand how 10 nurses, 10 doctors and 10 home care assistants as leaders for the nurses conceptualized the decision-making processes of community nurses, when referring older persons to Emergency Departments, and whether perceptual differences and/or similarities exist. Narrative interviews and content analysis were performed. The managers had differing views, but all felt there was a need to feel secure in order to trust professional decisions as being correct, thus avoiding inappropriate referrals. Management could see nurses' exposed position, but had varying solutions. This might lead to different messages being given regarding what is important and might explain why the nurses reported that the managers did not understand them. [source]


    Health care assistants' role, function and development: results of a national survey

    NURSING IN CRITICAL CARE, Issue 4 2003
    The British Association of Critical Care NursesArticle first published online: 31 JUL 200
    Summary ,,Intensive care has developed as a speciality since the 1950s; during this time there have been major technological advances in health care provision leading to a rapid expansion of all areas of critical care ,,The ongoing problem of recruiting appropriately qualified nurses has affected staffing levels in many units and continues to be a national problem. For many, the answer lies in employing health care assistants to support the work of registered nurses ,,A key aim of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses is to promote the art and science of critical care nursing by providing representation for its members, by responding to political and professional change and by producing and publishing position statements ,,A primary component of the work surrounding the development of this second position statement was the gathering of contemporary information in relation to the role of health care assistants within critical care units throughout the UK, through a survey of 645 critical care units within the UK ,,At present the impact upon the role of the critical care nurse is not fully understood, with research in this area suggesting that although there is a role for the health care assistant in the critical care environment, this should only be undertaken with a full analysis of this impact upon the work of the registered nurse [source]


    Position statement on the role of health care assistants who are involved in direct patient care activities within critical care areas

    NURSING IN CRITICAL CARE, Issue 1 2003
    The British Association of Critical Care Nurses
    Summary ,Intensive care has developed as a speciality since the 1950s, and during this time, there have been major technological advances in health care provision, leading to a rapid expansion of all areas of critical care ,The ongoing problem in recruiting qualified nurses in general has affected, and continues to be a problem for, all aspects of critical care areas ,During the past decade, nursing practice has evolved, as qualified nurses have expanded their own scope of practice to develop a more responsive approach to the complex care needs of the critically ill patient ,The aim of this paper is to present the British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) position statement on the role of health care assistants involved in direct patient care activities, and to address some of the key work used to inform the development of the position statement [source]


    Occupational blood exposure among unlicensed home care workers and home care registered nurses: Are they protected?

    AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE, Issue 7 2009
    FAAN, J. Lipscomb PhD
    Abstract Background Little is known about the risk of blood exposure among personnel providing care to individual patients residing at home. The objective of this study was to document and compare blood exposure risks among unlicensed home care personal care assistants (PCAs) and home care registered nurses (RNs). Methods PCAs self-completed surveys regarding blood and body fluid (BBF) contact in group settings (n,=,980), while RNs completed mailed surveys (n,=,794). Results PCAs experience BBF contact in the course of providing care for home-based clients at a rate approximately 1/3 the rate experienced by RNs providing home care (8.1 and 26.7 per 100 full time equivalent (FTE), respectively), and the majority of PCA contact episodes did not involve direct sharps handling. However, for PCAs who performed work activities such as handling sharps and changing wound dressings, activities much more frequently performed by RNs, PCAs were at increased risk of injury when compared with RNs (OR,=,7.4 vs. 1.4) and (OR,=,6.3 vs. 2.5), respectively. Conclusion Both PCAs and RNs reported exposures to sharps, blood, and body fluids in the home setting at rates that warrant additional training, prevention, and protection. PCAs appear to be at increased risk of injury when performing nursing-related activities for which they are inexperienced and/or lack training. Further efforts are needed to protect home care workers from blood exposure, namely by assuring coverage and enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogen Standard [Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 1993. Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Available at: http://www. osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS &p_id=21010#Scope. Accessed May 30, 2008]. Am. J. Ind. Med. 52:563,570, 2009. 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]