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Nurses' perceptions of discharge planning

Watts, Rosemary and Gardner, Heather 2005, Nurses' perceptions of discharge planning, Nursing and health sciences, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 175-183.

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Title Nurses' perceptions of discharge planning
Author(s) Watts, Rosemary
Gardner, Heather
Journal name Nursing and health sciences
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 175
End page 183
Publisher Blackwell Science Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2005-09
ISSN 1441-0745
1442-2018
Keyword(s) acute care
communication
discharge planning
discharge planning process
nursing practice
Summary The present paper investigates what the term discharge planning actually means to nurses working in the acute care environment. A qualitative approach was used for this study. Twelve volunteer registered nurses (RNs) working in a large metropolitan Victorian public hospital were interviewed. All participants stated emphatically that they were involved in the discharge planning process although differing levels of involvement existed. ‘Organizing’ and ‘planning’ were key words used by participants to define the term discharge planning. All but one participant considered the nurse to be the coordinator of the discharge planning process. How participants communicated with other nursing staff regarding the discharge planning needs of individual patients depended on the policy of each individual ward. Communication was perceived to be a major factor that either enhanced or impeded the discharge planning process.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003386

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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