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Victorian rural emergency care-a case for advancing nursing practice

journal contribution
posted on 29.11.2018, 00:00 by E Sullivan, Desley Hegney, K Francis
The aim of this paper is to profile the emergency care patients seen by a selection of rural health services in Victoria, and show how advancing nursing practice could contribute to a more sustainable model of care. Quantitative patient data extracted from five rural health services across Victoria ranging in size, were analysed using descriptive statistic techniques. Most patients who attended for emergency care did not require urgent or immediate medical attention (70%), many had minor injuries (over 30%) and did not need medicines (57%) but were attended by a doctor either directly or via telephone (over 74%). If emergency care services in rural Victoria are to be sustained in the face of severe medical workforce shortages, registered nurses will need to be enabled through professional development, legislation and organisation policy to manage autonomously a larger proportion of the non-urgent, less complex patients who present to these emergency services. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

Funding

Other

History

Volume

18

Issue

3

Start Page

226

End Page

232

Number of Pages

7

eISSN

1440-172X

ISSN

1322-7114

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Monash University; University of Western Australia; Charles Sturt University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International Journal of Nursing Practice