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Qualitative perspectives of nurse managers on mixed‐gender accommodation in a regional hospital in Australia

Elsasser, J., Cope, V.ORCID: 0000-0002-4528-4268 and Murray, M. (2020) Qualitative perspectives of nurse managers on mixed‐gender accommodation in a regional hospital in Australia. Journal of Nursing Management . Early View.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13214
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Abstract

Aims

To explore and analyse the current bed management processes and understand the perspectives of nurse managers on mixed‐gender accommodation in a regional hospital in Australia.

Background

Mixed‐gender accommodation was introduced to help manage the increasing demand for hospital beds. Yet, some health services identify same‐gender accommodation better aligns with patient‐centredness.

Method

This qualitative research was conducted at a public hospital in regional Australia and focused on the experience in the general wards. Eight nurse managers were selected using purposeful sampling. Data were collected through face‐to‐face semi‐structured interviews and thematically analysed.

Results

Three main themes were identified: current admission processes—managing admissions, bed allocation considerations, patient involvement and managing mixed‐gender rooms; impacts on patients—participant views, patient experience and bathrooms; and barriers and facilitators—capacity, infrastructure, safety and risk, bed swapping and organisational factors.

Conclusions

The study demonstrates a lack of structure and patient‐centredness with mixed‐gender allocation processes. Local organisational guidelines are suggested to support improvement in patient‐centred inpatient hospital accommodation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Nursing
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58976
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