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Authors

  1. Hutcheon, Donald
  2. Bevilacqua, Michael

ABSTRACT

Most inexperienced nursing staff and care aide employees (i.e., nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses) who are recent employees of hospitals are not familiar with brain injury behavior. Lack of practical information places them at greater risk of being victimized by the inpatients with brain injury and may lessen their ability to work at maximum performance level. In an effort to increase the clinical competence of the nursing staff and care aide employees, a decision was made to develop a formal assessment instrument to evaluate an orientation session on brain injury behavior for recently hired nursing and healthcare staff at the Dr. Vernon Fanning Chronic Care Hospital. The purpose of this study was to design, to implement, and to validate a Brain Injury Behavior Assessment Test to be used as a method of providing a formative evaluation of an orientation session.