A multicentre survey of acute hospital nursing staff training in dementia care
This paper by Coffey et al. (2014) reports the findings of a survey of 150 nurses in six acute hospitals in the southern region of ROI, and was conducted as part of a multicentre study of prevalence of dementia, course of dementia and long-term outcomes for people with dementia in acute hospitals. The survey found that 83% of nursing staff in the acute hospitals perceived that they had insufficient training in dementia care. This was despite the availability of a national dementia education programme across all care services and reflects poor uptake of dementia education offered in acute hospitals. However, the survey clearly indicated that nurses at ward level are aware of their poor dementia knowledge and are open to dementia training and the authors recommend strengthened awareness and management support for enhanced and specialist skills in dementia care for nurses practicing in acute care settings
COFFEY, A., TYRRELL, M., BUCKLEY, M., MANNING, E., BROWNE, V., BARRETT, A. and TIMMONS, S. (2014) A multicentre survey of acute hospital nursing staff training in dementia care, Clinical Nursing Studies. 2(4), pp. 39-36.