An exploration of the factors influencing practice nurse role evolvement

Crossman, Susan (2017) An exploration of the factors influencing practice nurse role evolvement. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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The aim of this study was to explore role evolvement and professional development in practice nursing in the UK. General practice is currently central to NHS reform, producing favourable conditions for the practice nurse role to strengthen and develop. However, the literature has continued to describe practice nurses as a disempowered, isolated group with many constraints reducing their ability to respond to opportunities. The rationale for conducting the study was therefore to provide a greater understanding about the constraining factors and their influence on practice nurses wishing to develop their role. The research was conducted in two parts; a survey to identify the range of issues and a case study to explore them in depth.
A combination of factors was found to contribute to the way the practice nurse role evolves. These are education, practice culture, practice nurse personal characteristics and empowerment. Empowerment holds the key to maximising the conditions favourable to role evolvement. This is not however a „single‟ factor; it represents the combined synergistic effects of practice culture and practice nurse personal characteristics. The interrelationship between these was captured in a set of „empowering employment principles‟, which illustrate the features most conducive to role evolvement, providing a tool for nurses and their employers to enhance role development.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 10:14
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 10:14

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