National Early Warning Score (NEWS): A survey of registered nurses´ perceptions, experiences and barriers

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AIMS & OBJECTIVES: Describe Registered Nurses (RN) perceptions and experiences of and barriers for using the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) in relation to their work experience and medical affiliation.

BACKGROUND: Indications of inconsistencies in adherence to the NEWS has emerged.

DESIGN: Web-based questionnaire study.

METHODS: The questionnaire was sent to 3,165 RNs working in somatic hospitals in the southern part of Sweden. Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology was adhered.

RESULTS: Seventy-one percent of the 1,044 respondents reported adherence to the NEWS guidelines recommended frequency of monitoring and 74% to the clinical response scale. The shorter the working experience, the higher the proportion of RNs who answered positively to the NEWS allowing them to better prioritise their care with short nursing experience. When categorising nurses according to their workplace's medical affiliation, adherence to the NEWS guidelines recommended frequency of monitoring was reported highest in surgery and orthopaedics (66%) and lowest in the cardiac high dependency unit (52%). Corresponding proportions of reported adherence to the clinical response scale were highest in orthopaedics (82%) and lowest in the cardiac high dependency unit (48%). Lack of response from the doctor was reported as one of the main reasons for not adhering to the NEWS by 50% of the RN.

CONCLUSION: In general, RNs perceived the NEWS as a useful tool, supporting their gut feeling about an unstable patient. Barriers to the NEWS were found in doctors and the most experienced RNs, indicating the need for resources to be focused on the adherence of these members of the healthcare team.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: In general, the RNs answered positively to the NEWS. We found indications that there is a need to focus resources on the adherence of the most experienced RN and the doctors.

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  • Central Hospital Kristianstad
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  • Nursing
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1187-1194
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Volume29
Issue number7-8
Early online date2019 Dec 30
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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