Nursing Home Staff Development; A Guide for Inservice Programs, Ernst, West. New York, 1983, 132 pages. $15.95.
In the preface, the authors stated that the "book is designed to provide an overview of the educational components involved in the inservice development, delivery and evaluation." This they do well. Throughout the book they explain, in easy to understand language the who, how, why, when, and where of doing inservice in the nursing home or long-term care setting.
The "why" and "when" of inservice were covered in the first chapter. This chapter described the role of the inservice director in a nursing home as that of teachermanager. There are four major areas that inservice education can encompass: orientation, skill training, continuing education, and leadership and management development. Each of these areas were explained and discussed.
The second chapter dealt with learning in an inservice setting and included information on the role of the inservice teacher, the elements of positive leadership, learning, and motivation. The characteristics of adult learners differ from those of younger ones in areas of self-concept; amount of experience; their readiness to learn; and their perspective of time. Ways of dealing with these areas were shared by the authors.
The next few chapters explained the "how" and "where" of inservice. Methods of inservice were discussed, including the use of media and the importance of developing these audiovisual aids during the preliminary phase of outlining the program. Special techniques, providing a high degree of participant involvement such as role playing, simulation games, and case studies were described.
This short, easy to read book is essential for the Director of Nursing of every nursing home and the Inservice Director as well as anyone who finds himself in the position of having to do inservice presentations in any setting.