J Korean Clin Nurs Res.  2018 Apr;24(1):94-102. 10.22650/JKCNR.2018.24.1.94.

Factors Influencing Triage Nurses' the Korean Triage and Acuity Scale Performance Ability

Affiliations
  • 1RN, Department of Nursing, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Korea.
  • 2Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Gachon University, Korea. kimjisoo@gachon.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to examine triage nurses' the Korean triage and acuity scale(KTAS) performance ability, perception of importance, education needs and identify the factors influencing triage nurses' the KTAS performance ability.
METHODS
A descriptive correlational study was conducted among 146 emergency nurses working in 13 hospitals from March to May, 2017. Data were collected utilizing a questionnaire developed to measure performance ability, perception of importance, and educational needs of 192 items of the KTAS. Statistical analysis included t-test, analysis of variance, correlation analysis and multiple regression analysis.
RESULTS
The triage nurses' the KTAS performance ability was rated as 3.3/4.0 points, perception of importance as 3.2/4.0 points, and education needs as 3.1/4.0 points. Factors influencing the KTAS performance of the participants were perception of importance, education needs, and work experience at the emergency department, explaining 26.7% of total variance.
CONCLUSION
The KTAS performance ability of triage nurses could be improved through training programs designed to enhance their perception of importance and provide knowledge about the KTAS. Nurses' emergency department work experience needs to be considered as an important factor for the KTAS performance ability.

Keyword

Emergency Department; Triage; Nurses; Job Performance

MeSH Terms

Education
Emergencies
Emergency Service, Hospital
Triage*
Work Performance
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