The role of nurses in general practice: general practitioners' and practice nurses' perceptions

Masters Thesis


Rees, Sharon. 2004. The role of nurses in general practice: general practitioners' and practice nurses' perceptions. Masters Thesis Master of Health. University of Southern Queensland.
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The role of nurses in general practice: general practitioners' and practice nurses' perceptions

TypeMasters Thesis
Authors
AuthorRees, Sharon
SupervisorGorman, Don
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameMaster of Health
Number of Pages140
Year2004
Abstract

The role of nurses in general practice: General Practitioners' and Practice Nurses' perceptions is a study that identifies the beliefs of Practice Nurses (PNs) and General Practitioners (GPs) of the PN role and how those roles impact on the general practice. Ethnographic techniquess were used for this study, with data collected through interviews, observation and questionnaires. Interviews were conducted with four PNs and four GPs in practices that employed nurses in an increased role similar to that described in the Nursing in General Practice Fact Sheets (Royal College of Nursing Australia, 2002). Two practices were observed to identify work practices and the nurses' interaction within the practice. The main finding of the study was the importance placed on the general practice team. Both GPs and PNs believed that working as a team was vital. They indicated that working together provided holistic care and enabled the practice to provide quality care. The role of the PN in this study was consistent with other studies in Australia. However, the nurses in this study appeared to have more autonomy in regard to care of people with chronic illness and the aged. Continuing education was considered important for the further development of the PN role. However, participants believed that the PN also needed to have considerable and varied experience together with good people skills. To further develop the PN role innovative ways of providing education to PNs should be investigated to ensure nurses have the necessary skills to undertake their role. Payment issues in general practice should also be examined and addressed to ensure that PNs are able to be employed, and receive remuneration appropriate for their experience and job description.

Keywordspractice nurse (PN), general practitioner (GP), health care, medicine
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020429999. Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
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