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Type: Report
Title: An evaluation of the effectiveness and acceptability of nurse practitioners in an adult emergency department
Author: Wilson, Anne
Shifaza, Fathimath
Issue Date: 2007
School/Discipline: School of Population Health and Clinical Practice : Nursing
Abstract: This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of nurse practitioner services for minor injuries in an adult emergency department and to ascertain consumers' satisfaction with the care received. Nurse practitioner roles in Australia have been progressively developing since a pilot project in 1990 examined their feasibility. Currently, nurse practitioners in Australia practise in a variety of specialist areas including coronary care cardiology, adult and paediatric palliative care, emergency, diabetics, aged care and perinatal care. The reported study used a retrospective design that conducted case-note audits and explored patient satisfaction with after-care questionnaires. Patients are satisfied with management of small injury presentations by nurse practitioners in the emergency department. Incidentally, it was noted that the flow of patients through the department was improved, resulting in medical resources concentrated to higher priority presentations.
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