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Practice priorities for acute care nursing: A Delphi study.

Connell, Clifford J; Plummer, Virginia; Crawford, Kimberley; Endacott, Ruth; Foley, Pieternella; Griffiths, Debra L; Innes, Kelli; Nayna Schwerdtle, Patricia; Walker, Lorraine E; Morphet, Julia.
J Clin Nurs; 29(13-14): 2615-2625, 2020 Jul.
Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32279359


To describe the risk and frequency of challenges in acute care nursing, and the practice priorities in Australian hospital wards based upon expert consensus.


Health care is facing increasing demands that are negatively impacting upon the safety and quality of nursing care.


Delphi Method.


A three-round electronic Delphi method was used to collect and synthesise expert consensus opinion of 30 participants in Rounds One and Two of the survey, and 12 participants in Round Three. The study was carried out from July to December 2016. This study complied with the STROBE checklist.


High patient acuity or complexity, as well as inadequate bed space on wards, are "very high" risks that occur "often" and "very often," respectively. The pressure to admit patients, delayed medical review and patient boarding are all "high" risks that occur "often." Though only occurring "sometimes," inadequate numbers and skill mix of staff, suboptimal communication and early or inappropriate discharge all pose a "very high" risk to patient care.


The key practice priorities for nurse managers should include the design, implementation and evaluation of sustainable system-wide frameworks, processes and models of care that address patient boarding, communication and discharge processes, job satisfaction, staffing numbers and expertise. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE This study provides a description of the challenges that face acute care nursing in the provision of safe and high-quality care.