The emergency nursing assessment process: A structured framework for a systematic approach

Kate Curtis, Margaret Murphy, Sarah Hoy, Melinda J. Lewis

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    Abstract

    This paper discusses the uniqueness of the emergency nursing process and practice environment from other nursing and caring situations. The complexity, uncertainty and sometimes urgency surrounding emergency nursing practice requires a structured approach based on initial assessment and decision-making. A five step emergency nursing assessment framework (ENAF) was developed primarily for use in educational contexts, for example, a Master of Emergency Nursing at The University of Sydney and practice contexts, for example, the emergency department in acute care hospitals. The rationale behind the development of ENAF is presented in this paper with a diagrammatic representation and discussion of each of the five steps. The importance of reassessment of the patient alongside effective communication in clinical contexts is discussed in the context of the framework implementation. Crown

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)130-136
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralasian Emergency Nursing Journal
    Volume12
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2009

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