Implementing the National Early Warning Score for Healthcare Assistants (HCA-NEWS) in an Acute Hospital

Roisin McLoughlin
This organisational development (OD) project centres on the implementation of the National Early Warning Score system for Healthcare Assistants (HCANEWS) in a medical directorate of an acute hospital. Recording and communicating a patient’s vital signs is a cornerstone of nursing practice. Routine patient observations are now delegated to HCAs working under the guidance of registered nurses (RNs). The primary aim of the measurement of vital signs and the use of early warning scoring systems (EWS)...
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