A new manual from the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes campaign created with support from the Commonwealth Fund seeks to address this issue by offering nursing home staff an evidence-based guide to preparing, implementing, and sustaining clinical and cultural changes.
Implementing Change in Long-Term Care: A Practical Guide for Transformation (pdf) is a 134-page manual written by Barbara Bowers, Ph.D., R.N., Kim Nolet, B.S., Tonya Roberts, B.S., R.N., and Sarah Esmond, M.S., of the University Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing, and published in April 2009.
In its introduction, eight chapters, and four appendices, the manual offers various strategies for developing:
- person-centered care and culture change models
- strong leadership
- effective teams
- skilled staff
- preparation activities and organizational assessments
- accountability systems