Internal Coalition Effectiveness: Results of a Process Evaluation of a Geriatric Nursing Education Quality Improvement ProgramPoster presentation at the American Public Health Association Conference (2011)
AbstractBackground: This study describes a process evaluation of a program implemented to improve the quality of geriatric nursing education in Nebraska. The program brought together long term care nursing facility employers, funders and educators in the pursuit of common goals: to improve geriatric education and management training and geriatric nursing leadership in Nebraska; and to develop and implement best practices for long term care nursing workforce development. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to conduct a process evaluation of partner effectiveness in a geriatric nursing education quality improvement program. Significance: The effectiveness of the program partnership is pivotal to program development and implementation and the long term success and sustainability of the program. Methodology: A process evaluation of the effectiveness of the partnership was conducted to inform program development and implementation. A focus group of partners, including employers, funders and educators was conducted and an email survey was administered to all funding and long term care partners. The survey instrument used was a modification of the Internal Coalition Effectiveness (ICE) survey (Cramer, Atwood & Stoner, 2007). Finding/Results: Program partners reported satisfaction with the process and ease of implementation of the program. The perceived benefits of the program included: introducing geriatric nurses to evidence-based practices, promoting critical thinking and the application of principles learnt, to their nursing practice; and increased value and credibility of long term care nurses. Partners also acknowledged that the program was fulfilling a vital need in long term care nursing workforce development and emphasized the need for sustainability of the program. Conclusions/Recommendations: This study highlights the importance of evaluating the effectiveness of program partnerships, as a key to success in program implementation. Learning Areas: Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice. Learning Objectives: Describe the importance of process evaluation on program implementation.
- Long-Term Care
Publication DateOctober, 2011
Citation InformationM. Cramer, Preethy Nayar, Anh Nguyen, Diptee Ojha, and Bettye A. Apenteng. "Internal Coalition Effectiveness: Results of a Process Evaluation of a Geriatric Nursing Education Quality Improvement Program" Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Conference. Washington, DC. Oct. 2011.