Internet-Based Training for Unlicensed Healthcare Personnel in Rural Communities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2002-33610-11819
Agency Tracking Number: 2002-00289
Amount: $79,974.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1400 West 22nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD, 57105
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mary Derby
 (605) 624-9762
Business Contact
 Robert Talley
Title: President
Phone: (605) 357-1407
Research Institution
Due to healthcare reforms, nursing shortages and other factors, hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities are using more unlicensed assistive personnel to provide direct and indirect patient care. These activities range from very basic activities such as transporting supplies to very sophisticated activities such as prepping patients. With proper training, unlicensed assistive personnel can be very competent caregivers. Healthcare facilities in rural areas have a particularly difficult time recruiting healthcare professionals and rely heavily on unlicensed assistive personnel. In rural areas the unlicensed assistive personnel do not have access to special training programs delivered by education department personnel in large urban medical centers. As a result nurses in rural healthcare facilities have to dedicate large amounts of their time to train new hires. This take time away from patient care and is costly for the health care facility. The proposed research project would develop and test an Internet-based training program for unlicensed assistive personnel in rural areas. In Phase I, a prototype-training module for "Nursing Assistants" will be developed and tested with newly hired personnel at Sioux Valley Hospitals and Healthcare System and the Good Samaritan Society. Phase II would involve development and testing of an entire training program for a range of unlicensed assistive personnel that would then be marketed to healthcare facilities throughout the United States.

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