A new educational resource has been launched for nurses who work or who are considering working in care homes.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s ‘Transition to Care Home Nursing’, written by Queen’s Nurse Sharon Aldridge-Bent, is aimed at registered nurses who may have overall responsibility for nursing within care homes, as well as educators, students, and unregistered carers.
Sharon said: “We developed this resource with the knowledge that the care home setting is one of the largest and growing areas in which nursing care is delivered on a daily basis.
“There are far more beds with nursing homes than there are in all the hospitals combined, and residents usually live there for months or years.
“Historically the care home has not always been viewed as a prestigious place in which to work, but this undervalues the growing opportunities in this sector.”
The resource, which is designed for use with an experienced mentor, covers a range of subjects, including nursing care, safe working and regulation, adults at risk, dementia care, building relationships with family and career development.
Sharon added: “The role of the registered nurse working within a care home is a highly skilled one, requiring an in-depth knowledge of long-term conditions associated with aging, managing complex multiple morbidities and frailty.
“The nurse is required to maintain a person and relationship centred approach to this care, recognising that the care home is the person’s home as well as a place of care. Care home nursing is diverse, with the need to practice autonomously, liaising with many health and social care professionals, as well as building long-term relationships with residents, relatives and significant others.”
The new resource will be available as a printed book and can be ordered from the QNI website shop.
A ‘taster chapter’ of the online version of the resource can be downloaded from the QNI’s website here.