Table 1

Characteristics of telephone assessment nurses (N = 265 nurses)

Characteristic

% (n) unless otherwise stated


Sex

Male

10% (27)

Female

90% (238)


Age

Mean (SD)

42 (7.1)


Length of nursing experience

<10 years

9% (24)

10–19 years

41% (108)

20+ years

50% (132)


Employment 3 months before NHS 24

NHS nursing

75% (198)

Emergency department

8% (21)

Intensive care

14% (37)

Other hospital specialty

29% (76)

Community

14% (37)

General Practice

5% (13)

Other

5% (14)

Nursing outside NHS

16% (43)

Working not in nursing

1% (3)

Not employed

2% (5)

Other

6% (16)


Months worked in NHS 24

0–11

18% (48)

12–23

24% (64)

24+

57% (149)


Main type of experience

Hospital

67% (176)

Community

17% (45)

Mixed/Other

16% (43)


O'Cathain et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2007 7:39   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-7-39

Open Data