This exploratory qualitative study examined staff perceptions of social work student contributions to client services, family and client communication, and staff workload in an independent living setting for older adults. Ten employees who had contact with the students, clients, and family were interviewed using a semistructured interview method. The findings suggest a positive response to the presence of social work students in the enhancement of home healthcare and in this independent living environment. In particular, their contributions were viewed as helpful in client quality of life, quality of care, communication with clients and families, and work performance.
Colleen Galambos, PhD, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, LCSW-C, is a Professor and Director Graduate Certificate in Gerontological Social Work, School of Social Work, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
Julie Starr, APRN, FNP-BC, is an Advanced Practice Nurse, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
Katy Musterman, MBA, BSN, RN, is a Tiger Place Care Coordinator, Manager Nursing Services Aging in Place, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
Marilyn Rantz, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a Curators' Professor & Helen E. Nahm Chair, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Address for correspondence: Colleen Galambos, PhD, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, LCSW-C, University of Missouri School of Social Work, 7th Floor Clark Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 (email@example.com).