Factors which influence nurse practitioners ability to carry out physical examination skills in the clinical area after a degree level module: an electronic Delphi study

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Aims and objectives: The aim of the study was to identify the factors that influence nurse practitioners ability to practice physical examination skills in the clinical area.
Background: The changing health care needs of the population require new ways of working for many health professionals. Physical examination (core skills of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation) of patients is a fairly new role for nurses in secondary care in the United Kingdom. However, implementing new roles in the clinical area can be challenging for the practitioners involved, and several factors have been identified which are seen to help or hinder their success.
Design A Delphi study was undertaken using blind copy email over six weeks in 2008.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3177-3187
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Volume19
Issue number21-22
Early online date11 Oct 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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Delphi Technique
Aptitude
Clinical Competence
Nurse Practitioners
Physical Examination
Percussion
Auscultation
Secondary Care
Nurse's Role
Palpation
Delivery of Health Care
Health
Population
United Kingdom

Keywords

  • nurse practitioners
  • Delphi study
  • physical examination

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