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dc.contributor.authorKilcoyne, Mary
dc.contributor.authorDowling, Maura
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-20T10:24:37Z
dc.date.available2018-12-20T10:24:37Z
dc.date.issued2007-12
dc.identifier.citationKilcoyne, M,Dowling, M (2007) 'Working in an overcrowded accident and emergency department: nurses' narratives'. Australian Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 25 :21-27.en_IE
dc.identifier.issn1447-4328
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/14749
dc.description.abstractAim The aim of this study was to highlight nursing issues associated with overcrowding ( or access block) in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.Design An interpretive phenomenological approach was adopted, with the utilisation of unstructured interviews.Setting The A&E department of a general hospital situated in the West of Ireland.Participants Eleven nurses working in the A&E department volunteered to be interviewed.Findings Three central themes, with inter-related sub-themes, emerged from the data. The central themes identified were: lack of space, elusive care, and powerlessness, with sub-themes being health and safety issues, infection control issues, poor service delivery, lack of respect/dignity, nurses hovering, unmet basic human needs, not feeling valued, moral distress, and stress/burnout.Conclusions The nurses in this study provide a distressing picture of nursing in an A&E department, as they pursue the provision of effective, holistic care of patients in overcrowded conditions.en_IE
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dc.language.isoenen_IE
dc.publisherAustralian Nursing & Midwifery Federationen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofAustralian Journal Of Advanced Nursingen
dc.subjectaccident and emergencyen_IE
dc.subjectovercrowdingen_IE
dc.subjectaccess blocken_IE
dc.subjectburn-outen_IE
dc.subjectcaringen_IE
dc.subjectpowerlessnessen_IE
dc.titleWorking in an overcrowded accident and emergency department: nurses' narrativesen_IE
dc.typeArticleen_IE
dc.date.updated2018-12-03T21:43:33Z
dc.local.publishedsourcehttp://www.ajan.com.au/Vol25/AJAN_25-2_Dowling.pdfen_IE
dc.local.publisherstatementreprinted with permission of AJANen_IE
dc.description.peer-reviewedpeer-reviewed
dc.internal.rssid1054589
dc.local.contactMaura Dowling, School Of Nursing And Midwifery, Room 415 Aras Moyola, Newcastle Road, Galway. 3833 Email: maura.dowling@nuigalway.ie
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