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Title: Practice nursing : a time of change : a study of nursing in general practice
Author: Paxton, Fiona M.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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The view is offered within this thesis that nursing is essentially a practice-based discipline and therefore any theory of nursing must reflect what happens in practice. By analysing research material from a study of practice employed and attached nurses, the nurses' pattern of work was described within the context of the primary health care. Both delegated and more autonomous roles were examined, and the implications of these and their relationship with holistic care and experiential learning were described in view of the continued expansion of the role. The objectives were: a) to examine the process of care and identify any changes in workload or differences in working patterns of practice employed and attached nurses as a result of the introduction of the New GP Contract in April 1999; b) to measure patient satisfaction with nurse consultations and ascertain their views on the changing role of community nurses; and c) to determine the opinions and attitudes of community nurses and general practitioners to future developments and educational opportunities for primary care nursing. Thirty four nurses participated in 1990 with a total of 6675 consultations; 33 nurses in 1991 with a total of 6050 consultations. The largest proportion of patients seen by both groups of nurses during both periods of recording was by general practitioner referral. Practice employed nurses initiated more of their own appointments in the second year and saw fewer general practitioner referrals. This tend was reversed for attached nurses. By the second recording period both attached and practice employed nurses had experienced a reduction in the time spent on routine treatment room work and an increase in clinic activity. Practice employed nurses reported a higher level of therapeutic listening than the attached nurses both years. It was found that 39% of all nurse consultations in 1990 and 27% in 1991 had an interruption either before or during surgery sessions.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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