Nursing Home Care- Nursing Students as Carers Discussing and Addressing the Negatives; a Northern Ireland Perspective

International Journal of Nursing and Health Science
© 2016 by SSRG - IJNHS Journal
Volume 2 Issue 3
Year of Publication : 2016
Authors : Dr John J. Power, Susan Spiers, Emma Silo
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Dr John J. Power, Susan Spiers, Emma Silo, "Nursing Home Care- Nursing Students as Carers Discussing and Addressing the Negatives; a Northern Ireland Perspective," SSRG International Journal of Nursing and Health Science, vol. 2,  no. 3, pp. 4-10, 2016. Crossref,


The quality of nursing home care is probably in many cases of a high standard. There are, however, examples where the quality of care in nursing homes presents a significant cause of concern. This paper explores and discusses some of the significant critiques and limitations to nursing home care within the UK, particularly and including end-of-life care. The paper also briefly explores some of the international literature by way of comparison. The paper incorporates two narrative accounts by first-year nursing students within Northern Ireland (UK), by way of reflection upon the delivery of quality care within nursing homes, from their perspective

A. Aim: To identify some of the characteristics contributing to the quality of holistic care within nursing homes

B. Methods: Two short narratives were drawn from the experiences of nursing home care within Northern Ireland. The narrators (and co-authors to the paper) are first-year student nurses who are also employed (part-time) as carers within nursing homes

C. Conclusions and Recommendations: Whilst the paper reflects on the state of care within some nursing homes, the paper also explores evidence of good nursing and care, together with evident quality in end-of-life care within two nursing homes, from the perspective of nursing home carers. The paper addresses the context of nursing home care and significant characteristics that reflect in the delivery of holistic care to nursing home residents, including the important role of a `culture of care, ongoing and specialist training (particularly and including within end of life care) and the important impact in the quality of nursing home leadership.
The paper concludes with some short recommendations to better develop practice within nursing homes


Nursing Homes, person-centered Care, End of Life Care, Student Nurse Perspective.


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