Personal support worker program available in Dunnville

A unique partnership between Grandview Lodge retirement home in Dunnville and Niagara College Canada is allowing area residents to learn how to become personal support workers without having to travel out of Haldimand County.

Partnership between Grandview Lodge, Niagara College Canada gives area resident unique opportunity

By Tamara Botting. Reprinted by permission from The Sachem/Metroland Media. Photo: Tamara Botting/Metroland Media.

A unique partnership is allowing area residents to learn how to become personal support workers without having to travel out of Haldimand County.

In November 2015, Grandview Lodge retirement home in Dunnville hosted an open house for any healthcare professionals who might be interested in working at the facility.

Also, representatives from Niagara College Canada were invited to come so they could take information back to their nursing students.

That put Grandview administrator Joanne Jackson in contact with Angela Butt, registered nurse and manager of the international nursing post graduate studies and clinical education for NCC, and from there they worked together to bring the PSW course to Grandview.

“The students still take all of the courses, but it’s condensed to two days a week in our auditorium,” Jackson explained. Also, students will do their training hours at Grandview and in the community.

“What’s nice is, people can still have a job, look after their family, etc., because classes are just two days a week,” Jackson said.

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Changing the Impact of Nursing Assistants’ Education in Seniors’ Care: The Living Classroom in Long-Term Care

Evidence-informed care to support seniors is based on strong knowledge and skills of nursing assistants (NAs). Currently, there are insufficient NAs in the workforce, and new graduates are not always attracted to nursing home (NH) sectors because of limited exposure and lack of confidence. Innovative collaborative approaches are required to prepare NAs to care for seniors. The Living Classroom is an effective learning approach with a positive and high-impact learning experience for all. The Living Classroom is instrumental in contributing to a capable workforce caring for seniors.

Veronique M. Boscart, Josie d’Avernas, Paul Brown, and Marlene Raasok
Canadian Geriatrics Journal, Vol 20, No 1, March 2017

https://doi.org/10.5770/cgj.20.238

Abstract

Background

Evidence-informed care to support seniors is based on strong knowledge and skills of nursing assistants (NAs). Currently, there are insufficient NAs in the workforce, and new graduates are not always attracted to nursing home (NH) sectors because of limited exposure and lack of confidence. Innovative collaborative approaches are required to prepare NAs to care for seniors.

Methods

A 2009 collaboration between a NH group and a community college resulted in the Living Classroom (LC), a collaborative approach to integrated learning where NA students, college faculty, NH teams, residents, and families engage in a culture of learning. This approach situates the learner within the NH where knowledge, team dynamics, relationships, behaviours, and inter-professional (IP) practice are modelled.

Results

As of today, over 300 NA students have successfully completed this program. NA students indicate high satisfaction with the LC and have an increased intention to seek employment in NHs. Faculty, NH teams, residents, and families have increased positive beliefs towards educating students in a NH.

Conclusion

The LC is an effective learning approach with a positive and high impact learning experience for all. The LC is instrumental in contributing to a capable workforce caring for seniors.

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