The discharge liaison nurse at the interface of hospital and community nursing services

Authors

  • Sue K Armitage RN BA (Hons) PhD,

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    1. Professor and Head, Department of Community and Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Kay M Kavanagh RN CM BAppSc (Nursing) MHPEd

    1. Former Research Assistant, Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Professor Sue Armitage, Department of Community and Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney, Cumberland Campus, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, New South Wales 2141, Australia.

Abstract

The organization of nursing into hospital and community services makes the smooth transition of care between hospital and community difficult to establish. This paper describes the function of discharge liaison nurses as one facet of a study designed to determine how hospital and community nurses perceive their provision of continuing patient care. Semi-focused interviews were conducted with 12 hospital nurses and 12 community nurses to explore their perceptions of discharge planning related experiences. Hospital and community nurses both relied on discharge liaison nurse to provide a link between hospital and community services. The practice of discharge liaison nurses as facilitators and co-ordinators of discharge planning are discussed.

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