Vocations and Learning https://doi.org/10.1007/s12186-018-9209-z ORIGINAL PAPER Becoming a Nurse Aide: An Investigation of an Existing Workplace Curriculum in a Nursing Home 1 1 Michael Goller & Bianca Steffen & Christian Harteis Received: 22 November 2017 /Accepted: 28 May 2018 # Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Although nurse aides take on a high share of care activities in nursing homes, almost nothing is known about how they develop the knowledge and skills to do so. This study attempts to close this research gap by answering the following research questions: (1) How do novice aides learn and develop and how is their learning trajectory structured? (2) What are the potential and problems of these informal training schemes? (3) How can the enacted training schemes be improved to assure effective and efficient learning and development of novice aides? In total, 19 nurses were interviewed to answer these questions. The analysis revealed that novice aides learn almost exclusively through observation and imitation as well as explanations of more experienced nurses. The typical learning trajectory of aides is structured such that they start to care for residents described as Bsimple^ and progressively proceed to take care of more Bdifficult^
Vocations and Learning – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 2, 2018
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