The impact of an ICU Liaison Nurse: a case study of ward nurses' perceptions.

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Title The impact of an ICU Liaison Nurse: a case study of ward nurses' perceptions.
Author Chaboyer, Wendy; Gillespie, Brigid Mary; Foster, Michelle; Kendall, Melissa
Journal Name Journal of Clinical Nursing
Editor Roger Watson
Year Published 2005
Place of publication UK
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Abstract Aims and objectives. To provide a description of ward nurses perceptions of the intensive care unit liaison nurse role. Background. Critical care outreach services have become commonplace over recent years. In Australia, the intensive care unit liaison nurse, developed at a local level by healthcare providers, has emerged as a way of improving the continuity of care offered to this patient group. As a relatively new development in critical care services, evaluation of this role has been limited, particularly in relation to the perceptions of ward nurses who receive patients on discharge from intensive care unit. Design. Case study of one Australian hospital that utilizes an intensive care unit liaison nurse. Methods. Ten ward nurses were purposefully selected for their representativeness of the population and for their experience with the intensive care unit liaison nurse role. Each of these nurses participated in semi-structured in-depth interviews. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. Findings. Three major themes emerged from the interviews, highlighting role behaviours, contextual demands and outcomes associated with the intensive care unit liaison nurse role. The role behaviours of the liaison nurse included the professional characteristics of the individual and the primacy of clinical liaison as a role descriptor. Contextual demands were environmental characteristics relevant to providing patient, family and staff support. Outcomes of the role were perceived to include environmental preparation and education. Conclusions. This qualitative study has presented an overview of ward nurses perceptions of the intensive care unit liaison nurse role within one Australian hospital, illustrating the educative and empathic support that the liaison nurse role can provide to ward nurses. Relevance to clinical practice. Collaboration with ward nurses in developing specialist roles such as the intensive care unit liaison nurse is essential in ensuring improvements in patient and family care across the continuum.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2005.01141.x
Alternative URI http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2005.01141.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2005 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at [www.blackwell-synergy.com.]
Volume 14
Page from 766
Page to 775
ISSN 0962-1067
Date Accessioned 2006-02-07
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/4785
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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