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The general attributes and competence for nurses in a single responder unit: A modified Delphi study
School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalens University, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Emergency Department, North Älvsborg County Hospital, Trollhättan, Sweden.
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
2023 (English)In: BMC Emergency Medicine, E-ISSN 1471-227X, Vol. 23, article id 93Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract

Aim The aim of this study was to describe the general attributes and competence that nurses in the ambulance’ssingle responder units are considered to need.

Background

The development of ambulance care has led to an increased need for new units and working methods. Single responder unit is a single crewed unit that often uses for the patient assessments, to refer patients to the rightlevel of care and to release regular ambulances. There is a lack of description of the needed competence for thenurses within single responder unit.

Methods

Modified Delphi with three rounds was used. The first round was conducted with focus group interviewsand analysed with content analysis. Five competence categories and 19 subcategories were identified. The secondand third rounds were conducted through surveys using a 4-point Likert scale and analysed with descriptive statistics.

Results

The ability to communicate with other healthcare providers to achieve one’s goal, the ability to create a goodencounter alone and to have appropriate professional experience were identified as the most important generalattributes and competencies.

Conclusions

A central competence in prehospital emergency care is the ability to independently assess and treatpatients with varying care needs in complex environments. To be able to work in SRU requires good communicationand collaborations skills with other healthcare providers but it is also a prerequisite for creating a good patientrelationship. Work experience of taking care of varying patients and situations is also needed in SRU.

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2023. Vol. 23, article id 93
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Ambulance, Communication, Competence, Nurse, Patient safety, Single responder unit
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-31323DOI: 10.1186/s12873-023-00868-wISI: 001052789100002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85168479064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-31323DiVA, id: diva2:1828238
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