Balancing values and imperatives : a study of nursing service in an ICU

Gardner, Glenn E. & Pierce, Kimberly (2002) Balancing values and imperatives : a study of nursing service in an ICU. Australian Critical Care, 15(3), pp. 103-108.

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There has been significant attention from the managers and purchasers of health services regarding the economic advantages that result from changes to the patterns of health care delivery in the acute hospital setting. The impact of these changes, whilst often rendering advantage at the economic management level of health care, can have different consequences for the people who deliver and the people who receive health service.

This paper reports on a study that was conducted with a group of nurses to investigate the practice milieu of a critical care unit in the context of changes to health service management. Interpretive methods were used to capture the perspective of the nurses and the way they interpret the multiple factors that influence their practice and their practice environment. The findings indicate that the nurses in the study setting interpret these factors according to the influences they have on the structure, the geography and the value of their work. Explication of these findings provides a research base to inform recommendations relating to improving the practice milieu of the critical care environment.

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ID Code: 56472
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/S1036-7314(02)80050-9
ISSN: 1878-1721
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Elsevier
Deposited On: 17 Jan 2013 03:56
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2013 03:56

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