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Title: A survey of ward nurses attitudes to the Intensive Care Nurse Consultant service in a teaching hospital.
Austin Authors: McIntyre, Tammie ;Taylor, Carmel ;Eastwood, Glenn M ;Jones, Daryl A ;Baldwin, Ian C ;Bellomo, Rinaldo 
Affiliation: Intensive Care Unit, Austin Health, Studley Road, Heidelberg, Victoria 3084, Australia
Issue Date: 16-Nov-2011
Publication information: Australian Critical Care 2011; 25(2): 100-9
Abstract: The aim of an Intensive Care Nurse Consultant (ICNC) service is to optimise care of complex ward patients and reduce adverse events. Despite their widespread implementation, specific assessment of ward nurses' attitudes towards such is lacking. Accordingly, we surveyed ward nurses' attitudes towards our ICNC service in five domains: (a) accessibility and approachability; (b) perceived ICNC skill and knowledge; (c) perceived influence on patient management; (d) usefulness as a resource of clinical information; (e) impact upon adverse outcomes. To achieve this, an anonymous Liker-type questionnaire was distributed to 208 ward nurses in our hospital. We also included space for free text. Completed questionnaires were entered manually into a SURVEYMONKEY™ pro-forma to permit automatic report generation and results summary. The major findings were that ICNC staff were perceived as being approachable and good communicators, were skilled at early detection of deteriorating patients, and that they reduce serious adverse events. In addition, nurses believe the ICNC service provides continuity of care post discharge from the intensive care unit (ICU), as well as assisting staff to prioritise clinical issues following medical emergency team (MET) review or ICU discharge. The ward nurses did not believe that the ICNC service reduced their skills in managing ward patients. In contrast, respondents stated that the ICNC service needed to improve the processes of referral to allied health and education of ward staff regarding deteriorating patients. Finally, ward nurses suggest they would call the MET service rather than the ICNC service for patients who had already deteriorated. This survey suggests that the ICNC service is valued, and is perceived to prevent the development of adverse events, rather than playing a major role in the management of the deteriorating patient. There is a need to improve referrals to allied health and further educate ward nurses.
Gov't Doc #: 22088555
DOI: 10.1016/j.aucc.2011.10.003
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Attitude of Health Personnel
Case Management.organization & administration
Health Care Surveys
Hospitals, Teaching
Intensive Care Units.organization & administration
Interprofessional Relations
Nursing Staff, Hospital
Program Evaluation
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