Nursing care of children in general practice settings: roles and responsibilities

Walsh, Anne, Barnes, Margaret and Mitchell, Amy E. (2015) Nursing care of children in general practice settings: roles and responsibilities. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71 11: 2585-2594. doi:10.1111/jan.12735

Author Walsh, Anne
Barnes, Margaret
Mitchell, Amy E.
Title Nursing care of children in general practice settings: roles and responsibilities
Journal name Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-2648
Publication date 2015-07-28
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jan.12735
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 71
Issue 11
Start page 2585
End page 2594
Total pages 10
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aims:  To examine roles and responsibilities of Practice Nurses in the area of child health and development and in advising parents about child health issues.

Background:  As the focus of Australia's health care system shifts further towards the primary health care sector, governmental initiatives require that Practice Nurses are knowledgeable, confident and competent in providing care in the area of child health and development. Little is known about roles and responsibilities of Practice Nurses in this area.

Design:  Cross-sectional survey design.

Methods:  Practice Nurses completed a national online survey examining the roles and responsibilities in child health and development, professional development needs and role satisfaction. Data were collected from June 2010–April 2011.

Results:  Respondents (N = 159) reported having a significant role in well and sick child care and were interested in extending their role. Frequent activities included immunization, phone triage/advice, child health/development advice, wound care and Healthy Kids Checks. However, few had paediatric/child nursing backgrounds or postgraduate qualifications in paediatric nursing and they reported limited preparation for the role. Practice Nurses reported difficulties with keeping up-to-date with child health information and advising parents confidently. Satisfaction was relatively low regarding opportunities and encouragement to undertake professional development and expand scope of practice.

Conclusion:  Practice Nurses are largely unprepared to meet the demands of their child health role and need support to develop and maintain the skills and knowledge base necessary for high-quality, evidence-based practice. Both financial and time support is needed to enable Practice Nurses to access child health professional development.
Keyword Child health
Nurses' professional role
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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