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Use and Significance of Nursing Diagnosis in Hospital Emergencies: A Phenomenological Approach

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Department of Nursing, European University, 28670 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Nursing and Physiotherapy, Alcala University, 28801 Alcala de Henares, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9786; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189786
Received: 6 August 2021 / Revised: 9 September 2021 / Accepted: 14 September 2021 / Published: 17 September 2021
Background: Professional nursing organizations recommend the use of nursing diagnosis to enhance and facilitate the standardization of care and the development of a common language used by nursing practitioners. In the clinical reality of hospital emergency departments, however, its use is controversial. The objectives of the research are (a) to explore the use of nursing diagnosis in hospital emergency departments, and (b) to describe the meaning of nursing diagnosis for hospital emergency nurses. Methods: A qualitative phenomenological study was conducted. A purposeful sampling and snowball technique were used. Data were collected using in-depth interviews, researchers’ field notes, and documental analysis. An inductive analysis based on Giorgi´s proposal was used to identify significant emerging themes from interviews and field notes. Seventeen participants with a mean age of 40 were recruited. Results: Three themes were identified. The results showed how the use of nursing diagnosis in hospital emergency departments depends on nurses to apply a working methodology in their practice, along with other dimensions such as the characteristics of emergency care, the type of health problems, and the complexity of care. Conclusions: The use of standardized language in emergency departments is complex due to the overcrowded nature of care in these settings. View Full-Text
Keywords: nursing diagnostic/nursing diagnosis; emergency nursing; nursing process nursing diagnostic/nursing diagnosis; emergency nursing; nursing process
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Cachón-Pérez, J.M.; Gonzalez-Villanueva, P.; Rodriguez-Garcia, M.; Oliva-Fernandez, O.; Garcia-Garcia, E.; Fernandez-Gonzalo, J.C. Use and Significance of Nursing Diagnosis in Hospital Emergencies: A Phenomenological Approach. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9786. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189786

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Cachón-Pérez JM, Gonzalez-Villanueva P, Rodriguez-Garcia M, Oliva-Fernandez O, Garcia-Garcia E, Fernandez-Gonzalo JC. Use and Significance of Nursing Diagnosis in Hospital Emergencies: A Phenomenological Approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(18):9786. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189786

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Cachón-Pérez, Jose M., Purificación Gonzalez-Villanueva, Marta Rodriguez-Garcia, Oscar Oliva-Fernandez, Esther Garcia-Garcia, and Juan C. Fernandez-Gonzalo 2021. "Use and Significance of Nursing Diagnosis in Hospital Emergencies: A Phenomenological Approach" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 18: 9786. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189786

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