Consumer perceptions of practice nursing
Hegney, D., Buikstra, E., Fallon, T., Martin-McDonald, K., Patterson, E., Rees, S.
This project conducted in south-east Queensland aimed to explore consumers' perceptions of the role of nurses in the general practice environment. Some findings of the project were:
There were differing expectations of the role of the practice nurse based on geographical differences.
The enrolled nurses should be supervised by registered nurses and the the enrolled nurses should not be the sole nurse in the practice.
That the practice nurse can be generalist or specialist.
There were differences in perceptions of the practice nurse role that were determined by the cultural needs of consumers.
There was a role for nurses to undertake home visiting, particularly for a safety assessment of the patients's environment.
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