The Advanced Practice Role of the Community/Public Health Nurse Specialist: A Commitment to Best Practice

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/148530
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Presentation
Title:
The Advanced Practice Role of the Community/Public Health Nurse Specialist: A Commitment to Best Practice
Abstract:
The Advanced Practice Role of the Community/Public Health Nurse Specialist: A Commitment to Best Practice
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Robertson, Julie Fisher, EdD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Northern Illinois University
Title:Professor
Co-Authors:Karen B. Baldwin, PhD, RN
[Scientific session research presentation] Nurses with master's degrees in community/public health nursing have advanced knowledge and skills to manage the health of populations and communities. They are prepared as community/public health nurse specialists (C/PHNS) to conduct population and community assessments, develop and implement community-wide health promotion programs and work in community partnerships and interdisciplinary teams.  However, even though C/PHNS have the advanced skills in population/community health management, their role is underutilized and not well understood. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the advanced practice role of the C/PHNS using the stories, experiences, and perspectives of nurses currently practicing in this role.  The purposive sample consisted of 10 nurses who had master's degrees in community/public health nursing and were working in a variety of community health settings. They were chosen for the study because they were considered to be exemplars by community health nursing peers who recommended them as participants. Data were collected using audio-taped interviews and observations of study participants in their workplaces. An editing analysis style of content analysis was used to analyze the data. A key finding indicated that an important role characteristic of study participants was an enthusiastic commitment to providing best practice for the communities and populations their agencies served. The commitment to best practice was focused not only on the participants' practice, but also on the practices of their nursing staff, other nursing colleagues, and colleagues from other disciplines who were part of the health care team. Results provide important descriptive data about this aspect of the advanced practice role of nurses with master?s degrees in community/public health nursing from the expert?s perspective.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Advanced Practice Role of the Community/Public Health Nurse Specialist: A Commitment to Best Practiceen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/148530-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Advanced Practice Role of the Community/Public Health Nurse Specialist: A Commitment to Best Practice</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Robertson, Julie Fisher, EdD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Northern Illinois University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jrobertson@niu.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Karen B. Baldwin, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Scientific session research presentation] Nurses with master's degrees in community/public health nursing have advanced knowledge and skills to manage the health of populations and communities.&nbsp;They are prepared as community/public health nurse specialists (C/PHNS) to conduct population and community assessments, develop and implement community-wide health promotion programs and work in community partnerships and interdisciplinary teams.&nbsp; However, even though C/PHNS have the advanced skills in population/community health management, their role is underutilized and not well understood. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the advanced practice role of the C/PHNS using the stories, experiences, and perspectives of nurses currently practicing in this role.&nbsp; The purposive sample consisted of 10 nurses who had master's degrees in community/public health nursing and were working in a variety of community health settings. They were chosen for the study because they were considered to be exemplars by community health nursing peers who recommended them as participants. Data were collected using audio-taped interviews and observations of study participants in their workplaces. An editing analysis style of content analysis was used to analyze the data. A key finding indicated that an important role characteristic of study participants was an enthusiastic commitment to providing best practice for the communities and populations their agencies served. The commitment to best practice was focused not only on the participants' practice, but also on the practices of their nursing staff, other nursing colleagues, and colleagues from other disciplines who were part of the health care team. Results provide important descriptive data about this aspect of the advanced practice role of nurses with master?s degrees in community/public health nursing from the expert?s perspective.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:46:32Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:46:32Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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