The Emergency Department Nursing Workforce: Local Solutions for Local Issues

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International Emergency Nursing, 2010, 18 (4), pp. 181 - 187
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Demand for health services especially emergency services has increased substantially in recent years. As a consequence, Emergency Departments and hospitals have focused greater attention on the way they provide care using the workforce differently to meet efficiency targets. A strategy frequently implemented is either the initiation or restructuring of Emergency Nurse Practitioner roles. The future role of the emergency nurse is likely to be different from that of today, as health services adapt and evolve to meet demand. However, the authors caution against the notion of implementing new positions or restructuring existing positions without first analysing patient throughput, case-mix, staff competency levels, cross-professional boundaries and relevant local issues.
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