Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Current issues in geriatric care from a nursing perspective at certain patient wards of Sárvár Municipal Hospital ]

BARTA Katalin, RAJKI Veronika

APRIL 30, 2012

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2012;25(01)

[Aim of the study: The authors aim is to identify differences in the aspects of nursing at rehabilitation, chronic internal medicine and nursing departments, and to assess the characteristics and personality traits regarded as essential by the specialist nurses participating in the survey, as well as to identify the factors and causes named by patients as leading to an improvement in their satisfaction and comfort. Sample and method: The survey was performed in three departments of the Sárvár Municipal Hospital (chronic internal medicine, nursing and rehabilitation), and involved the specialist nurses working in the departments and the patients of the three departments. The questionnaire-based surveys were conducted both among the paramedical workers and the patients. The results and correlations were examined using descriptive statistical methods. Results: It can be concluded from the survey of the patients that a high proportion of them (42%) are admitted to the nursing department on the basis of social considerations. The opinions of patients at the individual departments differ significantly with regard to the skill of the nurses and the necessity of increasing the nurse headcount. The most important conclusions of the survey of the workers include the findings that the self-assessment of their own knowledge by workers at the surveyed departments is relatively low; a significant proportion of the nurses would like to see an increase in the number of paramedical workers; and verbal ward handovers are still overly preferred among nurses, rather than the use of nursing documentation. Conclusions: Nurses working the field of rehabilitation need to be prepared for the new tasks emerging as a result of the increasingly marked demographic changes. For this, a strengthening of the rehabilitation-oriented approach is essential. ]

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