Acute, critical and trauma care

Acute, critical and trauma care

Sydney Nursing School researchers are passionate about acute, critical and trauma research that impacts directly on the care of patients, their families, and health services. The research conducted in these areas has a high translation rate into publication, policy and practice as well as attracting significant funding for projects that can change and improve practice with new models of care. There are multiple opportunities for being part of pioneering multidisciplinary research work alongside recognised leaders in these fields.

Research Spotlight: Emergency department nurses aren't like the rest of us

Emergency department nurses aren't like the rest of us - they are more extroverted, agreeable and open - attributes that make them successful in the demanding, fast-paced and often stressful environment of an emergency department, according to a new study by University of Sydney.

"Emergency nurses are a special breed," says Belinda Kennedy from Sydney Nursing School, a 15 year critical care veteran who led the study.

"Despite numerous studies about personalities of nurses in general, there has been little research done on the personalities of nurses in clinical specialty areas.

"My years working as a critical care nurse has made me aware of the difficulty in retaining emergency nurses and I have observed apparent differences in personality among these specialty groups. This prompted me to undertake this research which is the first on this topic in more than 20 years.

"We found that emergency nurses demonstrated significantly higher levels of openness to experience, agreeableness, and extroversion personality domains compared to the normal population.

"Emergency departments (ED) are a highly stressful environment - busy, noisy, and with high patient turnover. It is the entry point for approximately 40 per cent of all hospital admissions, and the frequency and type of presentations is unpredictable.

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