Journal article

A survey of ward nurses attitudes to the Intensive Care Nurse Consultant service in a teaching hospital

Tammie McIntyre, Carmel Taylor, Glenn M Eastwood, Daryl Jones, Ian Baldwin, Rinaldo Bellomo

AUSTRALIAN CRITICAL CARE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2012

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. Comple..

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