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Perceptions of the advanced nurse practitioner role in a hospital setting.
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PMID:  23299212     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract Aim: To explore perceptions of junior doctors, nurses and advanced nurse practitioners (ANP) in relation to the role of the ANP. Method: A qualitative cross-sectional design was used, embedded in an interpretative philosophy. A non-probability sample of six junior doctors, six ward nurses and six ANPs took part in focus groups and individual semi-structured interviews. A mixture of phenomenological and grounded theory approaches were used to collect the data. Findings: Four major themes were identified - diverse definitions of the ANP role between medical and surgical wards in the hospital at day compared to hospital at night work; role vagueness and ambiguity; communication and education needs; and constraints and barriers. The study found varied perceptions and understanding of the role of the ANP within the hospital at day. Conversely, the hospital at night concept seemed correctly perceived - the role appeared well-established, organised and orchestrated the appropriate responses as required in both medicine and surgery. During the hospital at day, nurses on medical wards were more inclined to use the medical staff as their first responders. The absence of the bleep filtering system in medicine during the day was identified as one of the main barriers. A definitive understanding of the role during the hospital at day has been recognised as the second main barrier. A constraint well known to the ANP team was the inability to provide a bleep filter system in medicine during the day. Conclusion: The study finds the need for improved education, clinical support and system management during the hospital at day, with more of an emphasis within medical wards.
Mark Anthony Dalton
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0966-0461     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Nurs     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9212059     Medline TA:  Br J Nurs     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  48-53     Citation Subset:  N    
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