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dc.contributor.authorLam, SKKen_US
dc.contributor.authorKwong, EWYen_US
dc.contributor.authorHung, MSYen_US
dc.contributor.authorPang, SMCen_US
dc.contributor.authorChien, WTen_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being, 1 Jan. 2019, v. 14, no. 1, 1626179, p. 1-8en_US
dc.description.abstractPurpose: Emergency nurses are engaged in the management of epidemic events that unfold along with the evolution of diseases. The goal of this study was to explore the contextual factors that inhibited the ability of emergency nurses to perform their duties in response to an outbreak.en_US
dc.description.abstractMethods: A qualitative descriptive design was used to explore the experiences and perceptions of emergency nurses. Participants were purposively recruited from 12 emergency departments in Hong Kong. Semi-structured face-to-face individual interviews were conducted with 26 emergency nurses. The audio-recorded interviews were transcribed verbatim and interpreted with a thematic analysis approach.en_US
dc.description.abstractResults: Four intertwined themes emerged from the analysis: resource constraints, threats of infection, ubiquitous changes and lingering uncertainties. These themes portrayed the constraints and challenges surrounding the work environment of emergency nurses.en_US
dc.description.abstractConclusion: This study described the instabilities and vulnerabilities of the circumstances in which the emergency nurses were situated in during epidemic events. The findings shed light on the importance of hospitals and emergency departments in addressing both the technical problems and adaptive challenges that face emergency nurses during epidemic events.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSchool of Nursingen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational journal of qualitative studies on health and well-beingen_US
dc.rights© 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permitsunrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_US
dc.rightsThe following publication Stanley K. K. Lam, Enid W. Y. Kwong, Maria S. Y. Hung, Samantha M. C. Pang & Wai T. Chien (2019) A qualitative descriptive study of the contextual factors influencing the practice of emergency nurses in managing emerging infectious diseases, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 14:1, 1626179, 8 pages is available at
dc.subjectEmerging infectious diseasesen_US
dc.subjectEmergency nursesen_US
dc.subjectQualitative studyen_US
dc.titleA qualitative descriptive study of the contextual factors influencing the practice of emergency nurses in managing emerging infectious diseasesen_US
dc.typeJournal/Magazine Articleen_US
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