An exploration of a nursing role in Emergency Department waiting rooms

Innes, K

Waiting room nurses have been introduced in some EDs to provide dedicated to care for patients in the waiting room.  There is some evidence that waiting room nurses helped to meet patient and carer expectations, including the commencement of care on arrival (Cashin et al., 2007; Fry et al., 2012; Garling, 2008b). However, there is limited evidence that waiting room roles decrease waiting times, ED length of stay, or number of patients leaving without being seen by a medical officer (Cheng et al., 2013; Fry & Jones, 2005; Fry et al., 2012; Huang et al., 2013).

Further, there is limited evidence underpinning the model of the waiting room nurse role, including scope of practice, and expertise required to perform in this role.

The aim of this study are to explore the introduction of a nurse allocated to care for patients in ED waiting rooms. The specific study objectives are to explore:

  1. Factors contributing to the development of a waiting room nursing roles.
  2. Current role and models of waiting room nursing roles in practice.
  3. Nurses’ perceptions of waiting room nursing roles.

This current application relates to Phase Three of the study.

Revealing the Roadblocks in STEMI management

Martin, L

STEMI management is a complex interdisciplinary process of care that requires prompt recognition of symptoms, diagnosis, then action to restore epicardial blood flow, with time delay a principal determinant of mortality. Successful treatment relies on several health agencies coordinating systems of care. Frontline clinicians play a pivotal role in this process, responsible for the first transaction of care to the suspected STEMI patient. To date there has not been an extensive analysis of the barriers to best practice for these frontline clinicians.

This research will aim to bridge this gap in knowledge. This study will establish key factors of delay for frontline clinicians in the management and delivery of timely care for suspected STEMI patients.

The research aims for this survey are the following;

  1. Emergency Department Triage Nurses and Paramedics will observe different individual, organizational and system barriers to timely STEMI management.
  2. There will be no difference in barriers experienced and observed by health care clinician according to whether their work is in rural or urban locations in Victoria.

Nurses’ experience of the death of a child in the Emergency Department

Copnell, B

Provision of quality paediatric end‐of‐life care in acute care settings is a priority for the Australian health care system, with a national consensus statement recently published. No previous studies have investigated emergency nurses’ experiences of childhood death. Understanding this experience is crucial in determining how well prepared they are to deal with this situation, and in turn, their ability to provide quality nursing care to dying children and their families.

The aim of this study is to explore Australian nurses’ experiences of caring for a child who dies in the Emergency Department.

A review of the use of Medication Standing Orders in Australian EDs

Morrow M, Patel B, Pache Dr D


The aim of this study is to review the current practice regarding the development, use and application of
medication standing orders in Australian Emergency Departments. The study involves two surveys, one of which
aims to explore nursing staff use and opinions of Medication Standing Orders in their Emergency Department.
In particular, we are hoping to gather information about:
• Your understanding of the definition of a medication standing order;
• Your frequency of use of individual medication standing orders;
• Your knowledge and confidence of use of medication standing orders; and
• The type of organisational support of use of medication standing orders

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South Australian ED clinical staff experiences of an extreme weather event

Hammad K, Wake M, Zampatti C, Newmann S


The aim of this study is to try and determine how the extreme weather events impacted South Australian emergency department staff. We would like to know what worked, what didn’t work and what we can learn from this event that might help us better prepare for future major incident or disaster events. If you would like to participate please click on the link to complete a survey on your experience

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Emergency nurses’ professional quality of life and professional conduct during nurse-patient interactions

Jacqueline Ingram, Associate Professor Dr. Trudy Dwyer, Professor Dr. Kerry Reid-Searl, Associate Professor Dr. Tania Signal,


The primary aim of the current research is to explore if/how emergency nurses’ professional quality of life is related to their professional conduct towards patients.  The secondary aim is to explore emergency nurses’ own perception and understanding of professional quality of life and it’s impact upon their professional conduct towards patients.

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Psychosocial Care for Injured Children: Worldwide Survey among Hospital Emergency Department Staff

Eva Alisic, PhD , Claire Hoysted, BSc(Hons) , Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD et al.

Aim/Abstract:  Examines emergency department (ED) staff’s knowledge of traumatic stress in children, attitudes toward providing psychosocial care, and confidence in doing so, and also to examine differences in these outcomes according to demographic, professional, and organizational characteristics, and training preferences.

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