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The Consultant Nurse: Expert Practitioner and So Much More

Mitchell, Theresa and Butler-Williams, C. and Easton, K. and Ingledew, I. and Parkin, D. and Wade, S. and Warner, R. (2010) The Consultant Nurse: Expert Practitioner and So Much More. British Journal of Nursing, 19 (8). pp. 481-488. ISSN Print: 0966-0461

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Abstract

The consultant nurse (CN) role is usually described in terms of four domains devised by the Department of Health -- clinical practice, education and training, leadership, and research and service development. This study set out to explicate the diversity and complexity of CN roles in an NHS trust; to describe aspects of extraordinary practice and to identify perceived differences between this role and other advanced practice roles. Accounts were written by six CNs and subjected to concept mapping to facilitate identification of extraordinary practice. Four themes emerged: entrepreneurial activity and innovation; clinical autonomy and role dynamism; influential national and international research conduct; consultancy and education across discipline boundaries. These included descriptions of higher order skills that surpass usual requirements of 'expert' or 'advanced' practice. Comparisons with other advanced practice roles are drawn from the literature and data collected in this study. Differences between the roles have implications for sustainability.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: nursing, consultant nurses, advanced practice, specialist nurse
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Theresa Mitchell
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 11:58
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 13:57
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3875

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