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Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2017 Oct-Dec;38(4):359-374. doi: 10.1080/02701960.2016.1188811. Epub 2016 Sep 22.

Impact of serious mental illness online training for certified nursing assistants in long term care.

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a University of South Florida , School of Aging Studies , Tampa , Florida USA.
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b HealthCare Interactive, Inc. , Minneapolis , Minnesota USA.
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c Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas USA and Baylor College of Medicine , Houston , Texas USA.
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d University of Minnesota , Center on Aging , Minneapolis , Minnesota USA.
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e University of Minnesota , School of Nursing , Minneapolis , Minnesota USA.
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f College of St. Scholastica , Duluth , Minnesota USA.
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g Florida Atlantic University , Boca Raton , Florida USA.
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h HealthCare Interactive, Inc. , Minneapolis , Minnesota USA.
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i University of South Florida , Tampa , Florida USA.

Abstract

Certified nurse assistants (CNAs) spend the most staff time with nursing home residents, yet they receive little training in addressing the mental health needs of residents with serious mental illness (SMI). Forty CNAs from four long-term-care facilities took the online interactive CARES-® Serious Mental Illness training consisting of two modules guided by the Recovery Movement philosophy of care. Responses from pre-post testing, Likert-type items, and open-ended questions indicated that CNAs gained information, changed their perspectives, and had more confidence in dealing with SMI. Although there were minor concerns regarding length, clarity of content, and technical issues, CNAs found the online format acceptable and easy to use, and many said they would recommend the training. CARES Serious Mental Illness online training appears to be a viable way of helping CNAs address the mental health needs of long term care residents. Additional testing on CARES Serious Mental Illness is planned.

KEYWORDS:

Long term care; nursing assistants; serious mental illness; training

PMID:
28632071
PMCID:
PMC6192676
DOI:
10.1080/02701960.2016.1188811
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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