Successful Nurse Aide Management in Nursing Homes. Day JM, Berman HJ, Phoenix, Oryx Press, 160 pages, $29.50, paperbound.
Tackling three broad topics seems like an awesome responsibility; however, the authors have done an exceptional job of covering each issue in enough detail for every reader to benefit. Problems in nurse aide management, management strategies, and educating nurse aides for their role in patient care are the three topics covered within the 10 chapters.
Each section provides insight for either correcting existing problems or enhancing programs that are already working. Patient benefit seems to be the most advantageous aspect of these topics; the patient clearly wins if nurse aides are taught their role in the prevention and care of pressure ulcers. Although not as apparent, the patient continues to benefit when the nurse aide feels self-worth, thereby improving the quality of care.
Hidden behind the title of Nurse Aide Management, the text seems to be more of a tool for creating and encouraging growth as a partner in health-care for all nurse aides. The techniques given for use in fostering a good atmosphere would prove beneficial to managers of any type of employee, not only nurse aides.