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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163031
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Family Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department
Abstract:
Family Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department
Conference Sponsor:Emergency Nurses Association
Conference Year:2004
Author:Hudgins, Kyle, RN, BSN
P.I. Institution Name:Samford University, Birmingham
Contact Address:3415 Second Street Northeast, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35404, USA
Contact Telephone:(205) 726-2494
Co-Authors:Johnny Whitfield, RN, BSN (FNP student)
Purpose: The current body of knowledge indicates that physicians who have worked with family nurse practitioners (FNP) have a positive opinion of FNP practice. Patients feel that the quality of care and communication provided by the FNP sets them apart from other health care professionals. The purpose of this study was to examine the perception of physicians, nurses, and patients toward FNPs employed in the emergency department (ED). Design, Setting, and Subjects: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted. Physicians, nurses, and patients in two emergency departments in Alabama were surveyed to determine their perceptions of FNPs in the emergency department. A convenience sample of 70 subjects was obtained from one rural (n = 42) and one urban (n = 28) emergency department in Alabama. Surveys were distributed over a two-week period. Methods: The 10-item survey, using a five-point Likert-type scale (strongly agree to strongly disagree) and two open-ended questions, addressed the contributions of the FNP in the emergency department. The internal reliability of the researcher-developed tool had a Cronbach alpha of 0.86. Demographic data concerning gender, education, and experience also were collected for the physician and nurse respondents. Results: Data were analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis Test to compare the responses provided by the physicians, nurses, and patients. There were no statistically significant differences among the groups on quality of care, patient satisfaction, or reduction of treatment time. The majority in all three groups reported that an FNP in the ED enhanced patient care and satisfaction and decreased waiting time. The physicians commented that FNPs improved patient flow, evaluation, and treatment, as well as the physicians' own productivity. The nurses agreed that the utilization of an FNP in the ED reduced the number of patients who left without being treated. Recommendations: The findings indicate strong support for utilization of the FNP in the emergency department. Dissemination of these findings to nurse managers, physicians, health care administrators, and lawmakers, particularly in states where FNP practice is restricted, is important. Replication of this study with a larger sample and in a different geographic area is indicated.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Emergency Nurses Association

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFamily Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Departmenten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163031-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Family Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Emergency Nurses Association</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hudgins, Kyle, RN, BSN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Samford University, Birmingham</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">3415 Second Street Northeast, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35404, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">(205) 726-2494</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">wkhudgin@samford.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Johnny Whitfield, RN, BSN (FNP student)</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: The current body of knowledge indicates that physicians who have worked with family nurse practitioners (FNP) have a positive opinion of FNP practice. Patients feel that the quality of care and communication provided by the FNP sets them apart from other health care professionals. The purpose of this study was to examine the perception of physicians, nurses, and patients toward FNPs employed in the emergency department (ED). Design, Setting, and Subjects: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted. Physicians, nurses, and patients in two emergency departments in Alabama were surveyed to determine their perceptions of FNPs in the emergency department. A convenience sample of 70 subjects was obtained from one rural (n = 42) and one urban (n = 28) emergency department in Alabama. Surveys were distributed over a two-week period. Methods: The 10-item survey, using a five-point Likert-type scale (strongly agree to strongly disagree) and two open-ended questions, addressed the contributions of the FNP in the emergency department. The internal reliability of the researcher-developed tool had a Cronbach alpha of 0.86. Demographic data concerning gender, education, and experience also were collected for the physician and nurse respondents. Results: Data were analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis Test to compare the responses provided by the physicians, nurses, and patients. There were no statistically significant differences among the groups on quality of care, patient satisfaction, or reduction of treatment time. The majority in all three groups reported that an FNP in the ED enhanced patient care and satisfaction and decreased waiting time. The physicians commented that FNPs improved patient flow, evaluation, and treatment, as well as the physicians' own productivity. The nurses agreed that the utilization of an FNP in the ED reduced the number of patients who left without being treated. Recommendations: The findings indicate strong support for utilization of the FNP in the emergency department. Dissemination of these findings to nurse managers, physicians, health care administrators, and lawmakers, particularly in states where FNP practice is restricted, is important. Replication of this study with a larger sample and in a different geographic area is indicated.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T10:38:22Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T10:38:22Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipEmergency Nurses Associationen_GB
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