Training nurses to triage: a scoping review
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Training nurses to triage: a scoping review

Hugh Gorick Postgraduate researcher, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England
Aditi Sabrina Rai Master’s student, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the need for emergency nurses to receive high-quality triage training

  • To be aware that lectures, simulations and workshops can be effective training interventions for improving triage practice

  • To appreciate there is a need for further research to ensure that the evidence base for triage training is effective for application to practice

Triage accuracy is important to ensure effective treatment and management of patients in the emergency department, however this requires nurses to receive high-quality triage training. This article reports the results of a scoping review that aimed to establish what research on triage training exists and what research is required to improve such training. Sixty-eight studies which used a range of training interventions and outcome measurements were reviewed. The authors conclude that the heterogeneity of these studies makes comparison challenging and that this, combined with low methodological quality, requires caution when applying the results in practice. The authors recommend establishing a gold standard for measuring triage training outcomes.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2023.e2163

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Gorick H, Rai AS (2023) Training nurses to triage: a scoping review. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2023.e2163

Published online: 04 May 2023

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