"A call for a clear assignment" - A focus group study of the ambulance service in Sweden, as experienced by present and former employees.

Helena Rosén, Johan Persson, Andreas Rantala, Lina Behm

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AIM: The aim was to explore the ambulance service as experienced by present and former employees.

BACKGROUND: Over the last decade, the number of ambulance assignments has increased annually by about 10%, and as many as 50% of all ambulance assignments are considered non-urgent. This raises questions about which assignments the Ambulance Service (AS) is supposed to deal with.

DESIGN/METHOD: Data were collected from three focus group interviews with a total of 18 present and former employees of the Swedish AS. An inductive qualitative analysis method developed by Krueger was chosen.

RESULTS: Five themes emerged in the analysis: "Poor guidance for practice", "An unclear assignment", "Being a gate keeper", "From saving lives to self-care" and "Working in no man's land", which together constitute the AS.

CONCLUSION: Present and former employees of the AS in Sweden describe their mission as unclear and recognize the lack of consensus and a clearly developed mission statement. Furthermore, expectations and training mainly focus on emergency response, which is contrary to the reality of the ambulance clinicians' everyday work.

OriginalspråkEngelska
Sidor (från-till)1-6
Antal sidor5
TidskriftInternational Emergency Nursing
Volym36
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 2018
Externt publiceradJa

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