AFT Resolution

MANDATE THE PROVISION OF CLINICAL TRAINING TO HOME CARE PROVIDERS FOR THE DELIVERY OF SAFE PATIENT CARE

WHEREAS, hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions are now discharging patients in a more medically fragile state; and

WHEREAS, patients are placed in their homes with minimal notice and with multiple health challenges; and

WHEREAS, modern technology and medical treatment are evolving on a daily basis; and

WHEREAS, some home care nursing staff are newer graduates with little clinical experience; and

WHEREAS, nurses are now often sent to care for patients in their homes and lack the knowledge to provide the care required by frailer or sicker patients; and

WHEREAS, when professional nurses tell management they have little knowledge about a procedure, their employers have actually instructed them to conduct internet searches to find information or videos to learn about equipment or procedures before entering patients’ homes; and

WHEREAS, home care employers do not provide clinical support for best practices in nursing; and

WHEREAS, home care employers have ceased to employ clinical instructors to address the changing needs of patient home care; and

WHEREAS, the lack of clinical support and instruction for home nursing staff may delay the healing process or result in a severe injury or death:

RESOLVED, that the American Federation of Teachers will support locals in their work to negotiate best practices of instruction for nurses; and

RESOLVED, that the AFT denounces the use of Google, YouTube or any other internet resource as the sole means of learning about medical equipment or procedures; and

RESOLVED, that the AFT will propose legislation requiring home care employers to provide appropriate nursing instructors in the clinical arena for their employees.

 

(2018)

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