Emergency Nursing Case Study

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Emergency Nursing World (2013) states that Emergency Care is a speciality where nurses care for patients in the emergency or critical phase of their illness or trauma, nurses are adept at discerning life-threatening conditions and prioritising urgent care. Nurse care for patient of all ages from neonatal or older adulthood. Therefore, patients that present to the hospital have various different circumstances and a multifaceted range of conditions. Marcovitch (2010) affirms that the speciality of emergency care is responsible for assessing the urgent needs of ill and injured people. Immediate treatment is then provided when necessary. If the patients require being admitted to an appropriate hospital unit, the emergency team is responsible for …show more content…
Nurses in the emergency department coordinate the flow of patients from admission to discharge. Thus, the main role of an emergency nurse is triage assessment and prioritisation. As overcrowding is one of the major issues that emergency departments place, one of the key causes of delay within the department involves patient flow throughout the emergency department as stated by (Rowe et al.,2011). Therefore, the most important responsibility for an emergency nurse is understanding triage. Emergency nurses must also have the ability to make rapid and precise assessments of patients that are presenting to the department. Queensland Government (2014) claims that another role of the registered nurse in the emergency department is to work collaboratively with the emergency department and effectively and timely pull patients through to the specific place to receive the appropriate care. Other key role of registered nurses in the emergency is the ability to recognise life-threatening problems and providing associated care. Registered nurses are also responsible for coordinating efficient and seamless organisational flow of patients and management and coordination of multiple diverse discharge and referral pathways for patients as stated by (College of Emergency Nursing Australasia, …show more content…
In rural and remote locations, emergency nurses have an extensive role in managing emergency practices due to the lack of availability of medical staff and services. Another key feature in the provision of care in the emergency department involves the multidisciplinary team. It is not uncommon for emergency departments to establish allied health and a system of a multidisciplinary team to manage part or all of the emergency care processes for certain patients presenting to the unit. New South Wales Health (2014) states that multidisciplinary teams involve a range of health professionals, working together to deliver a wide-ranging patient care. The multidisciplinary team is a collective approach to health care, the team includes various health professionals from a range of disciplines with different but complementary specialised skills, knowledge and experience. The multidisciplinary team complements medical and nursing staff by providing physical and psychological assessments of patients. New South Wales Health (2014) asserts that the multidisciplinary team conveys many benefits to both patients and health professionals working on the team, these include improved health outcomes and heightened satisfaction. The emergency department is staffed by a large multidisciplinary team that includes specialist emergency

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