Registered nurses and discharge planning in a Taiwanese ED: A neglected issue?

Chang, Wen, Goopy, Suzanne, Lin, Chun-Chih, Barnard, Alan, Liu, Hsueh-Erh, & Han, Chin-Yen (2016) Registered nurses and discharge planning in a Taiwanese ED: A neglected issue? Clinical Nursing Research, 25(5), pp. 512-531.

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Published research on discharge planning is written from the perspective of hospital wards and community services. Limited research focuses on discharge planning in the emergency department (ED). The objective of this study was to identify ED nurses’ perceptions of factors influencing the implementation of discharge planning. This qualitative study collected data from 25 ED nurses through in-depth interviews and a drawing task in which participants were asked to depict on paper the implementation of discharge planning in their practice. Factors influencing discharge planning were grouped into three categories: discharge planning as a neglected issue in the ED, heavy workload, and the negative attitudes of ED patients and their families. The study highlighted a need for effective discharge planning to be counted as an essential clinical competency for ED nurses and factored into their everyday workload. Nurses perceived that organizational culture, and parents’ and relatives’ attitudes were barriers to implementing discharge teaching in the ED.

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ID Code: 94758
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: discharge planning, emergency nursing, qualitative study
DOI: 10.1177/1054773815584138
ISSN: 1552-3799
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2016 03:57
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 03:41

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