Culture Change in Nursing Homes

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Culture Change in Nursing Homes There is a growing appreciation for incorporating greater patient autonomy and flexibility in nursing care for residents of nursing homes. There are greater benefits to the quality of life and effectiveness of medical treatments through this approach. Introduction The problem identified is how to implement culture change in nursing homes to make the provision of care more resident-determined. Nurses need to take a leading role in the culture change process because they are the primary care providers in nursing homes. Problem Identification Regulatory Environment The Nursing Home Reform Law (OBRA '87) allows nursing homes to accommodate the unique needs of individual residents in creating a congenial environment (The Atlantic, 2012). The Quality Indicator Survey introduced in 2011 assesses nursing homes on the basis of person-centered care (The Atlantic, 2012). Driving Forces for Change Benchmarking Research shows that proof of a direct relationship between culture change in nursing homes and patient health outcomes in inconclusive (Hill et al. 2011). At the same time, positive effects on psychosocial aspects of the residents. Driving Forces for Change Improved efficiency Culture change in nursing homes promises efficient use of funds and human resources. It can decrease the current staff turnover rates of more than 50% (Deutschman, 2005). Performance of nursing staff can also improve when residents are given
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