Evaluating nurse consultants' work through key informant perceptions.

Redwood, S., Lloyd, H., Carr, E. C.J., Hancock, C., McSherry, R., Campbell, S. and Graham, I. W., 2006. Evaluating nurse consultants' work through key informant perceptions. Nursing Standard, 21 (17), pp. 35-40.

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Aim To evaluate the work of nurse consultants in the NHS by exploring the views of key informants and nurse consultants. Method A multi-site evaluative study commissioned by and undertaken in four trusts. The evaluation was based on the 360 degree feedback process and used case study methodology, inviting key informants to provide information on their work with nurse consultants. Findings The findings are discussed in relation to the following themes: role aspirations and lived reality; challenging boundaries; impact and outcomes and leadership. The findings concur with previous studies demonstrating a series of common themes associated with leadership, clinical expertise, research and educational activity. These findings express the ways in which nurse consultants are working to develop unique services to meet patient needs. Conclusion The nurse consultant has an important role in the modernisation of the NHS. The role’s impact, in terms of the informants, is in leadership, clinical expertise, research and educational activity. The findings reveal an urgent need to support consultant nurses in developing their leadership potential and skills in researching practice.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0029-6570
Uncontrolled Keywords:Leadership Nursing Management
Subjects:Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery
Group:School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Qualitative Research
ID Code:1213
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:12 Dec 2007
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 14:36

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