A Professional and Unlicensed Workforce in Acute Care Settings: Perceptions of Teamwork and Communication

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308508
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Professional and Unlicensed Workforce in Acute Care Settings: Perceptions of Teamwork and Communication
Author(s):
Bellury, Lanell M.; Hodges, Helen F.; Camp, Amanda; Aduddell, Kathie A.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Pi Gamma
Author Details:
Lanell M. Bellury, PhD, BSN, MN, RN, AOCNS, OCN, bellury_lm@mercer.edu; Helen F. Hodges, RN, PhD; Amanda Camp, ADN, BSN, RN; Kathie A. Aduddell, EdD, MSN, BSN, RN
Abstract:

Session presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of professional and unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) in the nursing workforce related to communication and teamwork. Specifically, this study addressed two research questions: 1. What are the experiences of professional and UAP nursing staff related to barriers to communication and delegation? 2. What are the barriers to teamwork between professional and UAP nursing staff?              

Methods: A qualitative, descriptive design was used to examine survey and focus group data in a suburban community hospital. An interview protocol was developed. Human subject protection was ensured. UAPs (N=33) participated in focus groups which were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. RNs (N=18) responded to a short online survey with similar open-ended questions.

Analysis: Thematic content analysis and comparative analysis of the deidentified data occured in stages. The research team read and coded the data individually using margin notation. Then through an iterative process of team meetings and detailed discussions over a period of several months, analytic consensus was acheived.

Results: The four overarching themes identified were staffing, teamwork, communication, and value/respect. Additional subthemes were also identified.

Implications of Nursing Practice: An effective, safe, and efficient nursing workforce that utilizes both licensed professional nurses and UAPs must address the communication and teamwork issues that have been noted consistently by UAPs, nurses, nursing leaders, and nursing organizations. An attempt to understand the barriers must precede interventions that might be effective in reducing of these barriers.

Keywords:
unlicensed assistive personnel; teamwork; communication barriers
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Professional and Unlicensed Workforce in Acute Care Settings: Perceptions of Teamwork and Communicationen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBellury, Lanell M.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorHodges, Helen F.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorCamp, Amandaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAduddell, Kathie A.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentPi Gammaen_GB
dc.author.detailsLanell M. Bellury, PhD, BSN, MN, RN, AOCNS, OCN, bellury_lm@mercer.edu; Helen F. Hodges, RN, PhD; Amanda Camp, ADN, BSN, RN; Kathie A. Aduddell, EdD, MSN, BSN, RNen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308508-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of professional and unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) in the nursing workforce related to communication and teamwork. Specifically, this study addressed two research questions: 1. What are the experiences of professional and UAP nursing staff related to barriers to communication and delegation? 2. What are the barriers to teamwork between professional and UAP nursing staff?               <p><b>Methods: </b>A qualitative, descriptive design was used to examine survey and focus group data in a suburban community hospital. An interview protocol was developed. Human subject protection was ensured. UAPs (N=33) participated in focus groups which were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. RNs (N=18) responded to a short online survey with similar open-ended questions. <p><b>Analysis: </b>Thematic content analysis and comparative analysis of the deidentified data occured in stages. The research team read and coded the data individually using margin notation. Then through an iterative process of team meetings and detailed discussions over a period of several months, analytic consensus was acheived. <p><b>Results: </b>The four overarching themes identified were staffing, teamwork, communication, and value/respect. Additional subthemes were also identified. <p><b>Implications of Nursing Practice: </b>An effective, safe, and efficient nursing workforce that utilizes both licensed professional nurses and UAPs must address the communication and teamwork issues that have been noted consistently by UAPs, nurses, nursing leaders, and nursing organizations. An attempt to understand the barriers must precede interventions that might be effective in reducing of these barriers.en_GB
dc.subjectunlicensed assistive personnelen_GB
dc.subjectteamworken_GB
dc.subjectcommunication barriersen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:32:15Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:32:15Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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