A review of the Transitional Emergency Nurse Practitioner

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Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 2011, 14 pp. 226 - 231
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Introduction: A retrospective exploratory study was conducted to (i) explore the practice patterns of a Transitional Emergency Nurse Practitioner (TENP) working across two urban Emergency Departments (ED); (ii) identify the demographic characteristics of the TENP patient cohort; and (iii) identify if TENP patients were appropriately and timely managed. Method: The study was conducted across two hospital sites over two consecutive years for a 3-month period. Data collection occurred during the months of December through to February. TENP patients were identified by hospital electronic medical record and were then grouped into a model that included 'Fast Track' or 'See and Treat' cohort. The cohorts were then analysed for diagnostic groups, age, sex, length of stay, triage category, and re-presentations. Results: The TENP worked a total of 600 h (Site 1 252 h; Site 2 348 h) across the study period. The TENP managed a total of 481 patients (262 Site 1; 220 Site 2) during the study period. The majority of patients (412; 84%) were managed in the 'See and Treat' cohort (Site 1 246, 94%; Site 2 166, 75%) and 70 patients (16%) were managed in the 'Fast Track' cohort (Site 1 16, 4%; Site 2 54, 25%). The median length of stay for TENP managed patients was 143 min, with 96% of patients leaving the ED in less than 8 h. There were no TENP unplanned representations at either site. The TENP managed more male patients across both sites. The majority (75%) of patients the TENP managed had musculoskeletal and/or wound conditions or injuries.
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