Women's views of registered nurses as Papanicolaou smear providers: A pilot study

Christie, Leane, Gamble, Jenny and Creedy, Debra K. (2005) Women's views of registered nurses as Papanicolaou smear providers: A pilot study. Contemporary Nurse: Healthcare Across the Lifespan, 20 2: 159-168.

Author Christie, Leane
Gamble, Jenny
Creedy, Debra K.
Title Women's views of registered nurses as Papanicolaou smear providers: A pilot study
Journal name Contemporary Nurse: Healthcare Across the Lifespan   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1037-6178
Publication date 2005-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 159
End page 168
Total pages 10
Place of publication Maleny, QLD, Australia
Publisher eContent Management
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Registered nurse Papanicolaou (Pap) smear providers (RN PSPs) were introduced to improve women's accessibility to Pap smear services through the National Cervical Screening Program. This pilot study assessed women's attitudes towards RNs as providers.

One hundred women attending a Family Planning Queensland (FPQ) centre for a routine appointment with a doctor or registered nurse were recruited. Participants completed an anonymous questionnaire.

A response rate of 86% (n=100) was achieved. Only 15% of participants indicated they had seen a RN for a Pap test prior to this visit and 67% were unaware that registered nurses provided Pap smear services. Participants reported positive attitudes toward RN PSPs (M=44.53, SD=7.85, range 13-60). The majority of participants considered RN PSPs would be responsive to their needs (92%) and well qualified to perform Pap smears (70%). The majority (79%) would not hesitate to see a RN PSP for a Pap smear. Some uncertainty existed about the competence of nurses to provide this service (25% of respondents were uncertain). Older women were more likely to report less positive attitudes toward RN PSP (r=-.267, p<.05). Women reporting previous awareness of the role of nurses as Pap smear providers were more likely to report positive attitudes (Chi-square = 12.96, p<.0001) compared to women with no awareness of this role.

Discussion and Conclusions: While women are positive about RN PSPs, there is a need for promotion and community education about the role of RNs in providing cervical screening services.  
Keyword Cervical
Women's health
Registered nurse
Pap smear providers
Sexual health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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