An exploration of the roles of nurses working in emergency care services in general hospitals in West Java, Indonesia : a grounded theory study

Trisyani, Yanny, Windsor, Carol , & Welch, Anthony (2011) An exploration of the roles of nurses working in emergency care services in general hospitals in West Java, Indonesia : a grounded theory study. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 14(S1), S37.

View at publisher


A review of literature on the role of emergency nurses in Indonesia revealed a dearth of research. Anecdotal evidence suggests a lack of clarity in role definition which has led to uncertainty and role ambiguity. Despite advances in the development of specialist nursing roles in Indonesia, that of the emergency nurse remains unclear. This study explored the role of nurses working in emergency care services in three general hospitals in West Java, Indonesia. The theoretical framework is grounded in Charmaz’s constructivist grounded theory.

Data collection methods were observation, in-depth interviews and interrogation of related documents. Phase one of data collection involved 74 h of observation and nterviews with 35 nurses working in the three ED settings. For the purposes of theoretical sampling, a second phase of data collection was conducted. This involved a second nterview with eight participants from the three EDs. nterviews were also undertaken with the three key informants of nursing management of three related hospitals; key informants from the Indonesian Nurses Association; the Directorate of Nursing, Ministry of Health; and from the organization for ED nurses. Data analysis drew on Charmaz’s constructivist approach and the concepts of simultaneous data collection and analysis, constant comparison, coding, and theoretical sampling. The analysis generated four theoretical concepts that characterized the role of the emergency nurse: An arbitrary scope of practice, Struggling for recognition, Learning on the job and Looking to better practice. These concepts provided analytical direction for an exploration of the clinical and political dimensions of the role of the emergency nurse in Indonesia.

Impact and interest:

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 64443
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Abstracts: 9th International Conference for Emergency Nurses, 28 September - 1 October, 2011, Adelaide, Australia
Keywords: Nurse, Role, Emergency, Grounded theory, Indonesia
DOI: 10.1016/j.aenj.2011.09.093
ISSN: 1574-6267
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
Deposited On: 13 Nov 2013 23:57
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2013 05:09

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page