Nurses' perceptions of their preparation for triage

Innes, Kelli, Plummer, Virginia and Considine, Julie 2011, Nurses' perceptions of their preparation for triage, Australasian emergency nursing journal, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 81-86, doi: 10.1016/j.aenj.2011.03.003.

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Title Nurses' perceptions of their preparation for triage
Author(s) Innes, Kelli
Plummer, Virginia
Considine, JulieORCID iD for Considine, Julie
Journal name Australasian emergency nursing journal
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 81
End page 86
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2011-05
ISSN 1574-6267
Keyword(s) Triage
Triage nurse
Emergency nurse
Triage consistency
Triage education
Summary Background: Triage is the process of assessment and prioritisation of care for all patients presenting to the emergency department (ED). To improve consistency in triage education the Triage Education Resource Book was introduced in 2002, which contained the Australasian Association of Emergency Nurses (AAEN) 'AAEN recommendations for triage education'. The aim of the research was to determine if triage education met the standards identified in the 'AAEN recommendations for triage education'. Method: A retrospective exploratory design was used to examine triage nurses' perceptions of their preparation for triage practice. Participants were divided into two groups based on their commencement date at triage. Comparisons were made between groups to determine if the 'AAEN recommendations for triage education' influenced participant triage preparation. Data was collected by self-report questionnaires. Descriptive statistics, correlations and inferential statistics were calculated using SPSS. Results: Triage education provision increased following the introduction of the 'AAEN recommendations for triage education', however of concern, is the finding that participation in annual triage auditing has declined since the introduction of the recommendations. Conclusion: The 'AAEN recommendations for triage education' have contributed to improvements in triage nurse preparation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.aenj.2011.03.003
Field of Research 111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative)
1110 Nursing
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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