Nurse delegation in home care: Research guiding policy change

Heather M Young, Jennifer Farnham, Susan C. Reinhard

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Abstract

The current study evaluated nurse delegation in home care, a pilot program introduced in 2007 in New Jersey to promote home care options for consumers needing assistance with medical/nursing tasks. Findings on readiness for the program, barriers and facilitating factors, experience with the program, and recommendations are summarized and presented. Methods included surveys and interviews with participants in nurse delegation, observations of planning and implementation meetings, and review meeting minutes. Major findings were no negative outcomes for consumers, improvements in quality of life and quality of care for consumers, high readiness and increasing satisfaction with experience in delegation, perception of nurse delegation in home care as a valued option, and the challenges of ensuring adequate staffing. Subsequent changes in regulation in New Jersey are underway, translating this research into policy. Copyright

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-15
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Volume42
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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