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Nursing management matters for registered nurses with a PhD working in clinical practice

Journal article
Authors M. L. Orton
A. Andersson
Lars Wallin
H. Forsman
A. C. Eldh
Published in Journal of Nursing Management
Volume 27
Issue 5
Pages 955-962
ISSN 0966-0429
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 955-962
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1111/jonm.12750
Keywords clinical practice, content analysis, doctoral degree, nursing care, qualitative, patient outcomes, care, Business & Economics, Nursing
Subject categories Nursing

Abstract

AimTo investigate what registered nurses (RNs) with a PhD working in clinical practice experience in terms of their role, function and work context. BackgroundPrevious studies have shown that RNs with a graduate degree contribute to better and safer care for patients. However, little is known about what further academic schooling of RNs, at PhD level, means for clinical practice. MethodQualitative design, with semi-structured interviews and inductive content analysis. ResultsThe main areas of responsibilities for RNs with a PhD working in clinical practice were related to practice development and implementation of research results. In their work, they experienced barriers to the full use of their competence; the expectations and prerequisites of the organisation were not clearly defined, and they often lacked a mandate to create conditions for quality improvement of nursing care. ConclusionsRNs with a PhD can contribute to evidence-based practice (EBP), clinical training, as well as the development of clinical research. Their roles and responsibilities need to be clarified, and for this, they need support from managers. Implications for Nursing ManagementNurse managers have the opportunity to partner with RNs with a PhD to support the EBP process and help structure nursing practice in more efficient ways.

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