The Impact On Patient Flow After The Integration Of Nurse Practitioners

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Ducharme, J., Alder, R., Pelletier, C., Murray, D., & Tepper, J. (2009). The impact on patient flow after the integration of nurse practitioners and physician assistant in 6 Ontario emergency departments. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 11(5), 455-461. Retrieved from http://web.a.ebscohost.com.proxy.umo.edu/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=6&sid=d963accc-3989-4bc3-a708-f861dbac6588%40sessionmgr4003&hid=4207
“Long wait times could potentially result in worse patient outcomes, greater patient suffering, patient dissatisfaction, more difficulty retaining and recruiting staff, a higher risk of infectious disease outbreaks and an increased risk of medical errors” (Ducharme, Alder, Pelletier, Murray, & Tepper, p. 456). This article explored how the addition of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in 6 Ontario emergency departments could help to reduce wait time, patient flow, and the number of patients who left without being seen (Ducharme, Alder, Pelletier, Murray, & Tepper, p. 455). This study was seen to be the first of its kind in analyzing effects in an emergency department on patient flow by adding nurse practitioners and physician assistants to the healthcare team (Ducharme, Alder, Pelletier, Murray, & Tepper, p. 459). The quantitative study design used for this study was the experimental design since it was based on implementation and evaluation of the effects (Keele, p. 41). The article does not address how the sample size was determined and actually…
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