Introduction: Improving the quality of care for the elderly patients in the care units requires improving the performance of health care providers such as nurse-aids from the standard guidelines of caring in this area. In this regard, the present study was aimed to determine the performance of nurse-aids in the safe care of elderly patients admitted to Ali ibn Abi Talib hospital of Zahedan in 2016.
MAterials and Methods: This quasi-experimental study was carried out with pre-test design on 50 randomly selected nurse-aids in the hospital. The data were evaluated using a researcher-made checklist of nurse-aid's performance regarding care of the elderly patients in the care unit. Data were analyzed using SPSS software version 16 using Chi-square, Mann-Whitney, One-way ANOVA tests.
Results: The results showed that according to Kruskal–Wallis test, work experience of the nurse-aids had a significant correlation with their performance in preventing bed sores in elderly patients admitted to care units (p=0.01). According to the means comparison test, there was no significant correlation between the performance of the nurse-aids regarding the infection control standards with the age of the elderly patients in the admission wards (p = 0.46).
Conclusion: According to the results of this study, work experience and education level are more effective in improving the level of performance of nurse-aids and improving their performance in care of the elderly in the care units.
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