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The trials and tribulations of team-nursing

O`Connell, Beverly, Duke, Maxine, Bennett, Peter, Crawford, Sharyn and Korfiatis, Vanessa 2006, The trials and tribulations of team-nursing, Collegian : journal of the Royal College of Nursing Australia, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 11-17, doi: 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60527-2.

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Title The trials and tribulations of team-nursing
Author(s) O`Connell, Beverly
Duke, MaxineORCID iD for Duke, Maxine orcid.org/0000-0003-1567-3956
Bennett, Peter
Crawford, Sharyn
Korfiatis, Vanessa
Journal name Collegian : journal of the Royal College of Nursing Australia
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 11
End page 17
Publisher Royal College of Nursing Australia
Place of publication Deakin, A.C.T.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1322-7696
1876-7575
Keyword(s) delivery model
team-nursing
acute care
Summary Aim: The aim of this study was to review the team-nursing approach to care adopted by two general medical wards in a large private hospital. The delivery model of care was reviewed to determine the factors that enhance and/or hinder the timely delivery, continuity and communication of care.
Method: All nursing and ancillary staff who worked on two medical wards at a private teaching hospital were invited to participate in the study. Thirty eight participants from the two wards took part in focus group discussions, individual interviews and completed the Staff Continuity of Care Questionnaire. Findings: Findings indicated that achieving functionally sound teamwork is a complex task that is affected by the interplay of a number of organisational, patient and staff factors. Its smooth application is further affected by the uncertain and changing conditions on the wards, which are difficult to control and impact on the smooth delivery of patient care. The findings revealed strengths and weaknesses in teamwork, communication of care, documentation and discharge planning. The results also highlighted factors that enhance and hinder the smooth delivery of care. This paper details the factors that influence the delivery of care from the perspectives of nursing staff and makes recommendations to enhance the delivery of patient care using a team-nursing approach.

Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60527-2
Field of Research 111001 Aged Care Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003630

Document type: Journal Article
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