Assessment of the Nursing Aides Performance in the Care of Elderly Patients Admitted to Ali ibn Abi Talib Hospital of Zahedan

Maryam Talebrohi, Ali Senjari, Fateme Sargazi, Mahla Sanjarani, Mehdi Haghighat

Abstract

Introduction: Improving the quality of care for the elderly patients in the care units requires improving the performance of health care providers such as nurse-aids from the standard guidelines of caring in this area. In this regard, the present study was aimed to determine the performance of nurse-aids in the safe care of elderly patients admitted to Ali ibn Abi Talib hospital of Zahedan in 2016.

MAterials and Methods: This quasi-experimental study was carried out with pre-test design on 50 randomly selected nurse-aids in the hospital. The data were evaluated using a researcher-made checklist of nurse-aid's performance regarding care of the elderly patients in the care unit. Data were analyzed using SPSS software version 16 using Chi-square, Mann-Whitney, One-way ANOVA tests.

Results: The results showed that according to Kruskal–Wallis test, work experience of the nurse-aids had a significant correlation with their performance in preventing bed sores in elderly patients admitted to care units (p=0.01). According to the means comparison test, there was no significant correlation between the performance of the nurse-aids regarding the infection control standards with the age of the elderly patients in the admission wards (p = 0.46).

Conclusion: According to the results of this study, work experience and education level are more effective in improving the level of performance of nurse-aids and improving their performance in care of the elderly in the care units.

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