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Support to elderly care nurses: developing a knowledge centre
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5499-2055
2012 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Objectives: Nurses working in elderly health care in the municipalities needs a wide competence. They have to deal with a broad range of health problems, multi-morbidity, medical and nursing treatment, supervision of patients, relatives and staff. The nurses also have to handle with national guidelines (NG) and evidenced based methods (EBM) as well as documenting the care process in data records. The aim of the knowledge centre is to support and coordinate work and care development in elderly health care, based on research and evidence based practice.

Methods: All 15 local authorities in the county of Dalarna and the Dalarna University have developed a Knowledge Centre (KC) for elderly health care. A Senior Lecturer (SL) supervise and develop the work in near collaboration with the nursing staff. The first step was identifying the nurses needs, i.e. support and education, and the identifying process is still going on. The second step was work in small groups under supervision from the (SL). Documents, local care programmes, and working routines from all authorities, together with NG’s and EBM’s, were compiled and developed to updated regional care programmes, in consensus.

Results: So far, the work has contributed to a brief production of documents in nursing care related areas such as patient security, implementing national guidelines, routines for delegating health care duties to unqualified staff, i.e., care assistants, mentor-program for newly employed registered nurses, networks for nurses with responsibilities in dementia, diabetic care etc. The production of documents produced by the knowledge centre is available on a Swedish web-site www.du.se/kommunalvardutveckling with free access. The work has generated a number of ideas for diploma work for nursing students and some ideas for research have also been formulated. The KC has contributed to cooperation between nurses in different authorities.

Conclusions: The KC contributes support regarding processes and structures for knowledge dispersion and practical issues with a special focus on elderly care nurses, and has been successfully implemented.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
Keyword [en]
elderly care, support, nurses
National Category
Other Medical Sciences
Research subject
Hälsa och välfärd
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-10906OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-10906DiVA: diva2:559113
Conference
21th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, 2012. Copenhagen.
Available from: 2012-10-08 Created: 2012-10-07 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved

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