A dimensional analysis of role enactment of acute care nurses

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Purpose: To identify dimensions of the role enactment process of acute care nurses. Design: Dimensional analysis, rooted in grounded theory methodology, was used to analyze the role enactment process. Methods: Twenty-eight articles related to acute care staff nurse roles were selected for analysis. Articles were from eight countries and were published between 1995 and 2002. Significant phrases or themes from each document were categorized to identify themes. Findings: Initial analysis of the articles indicated 37 separate dimensions in the role enactment process of acute care nurses. The final, integrative analysis reduced the initial 37 to 7 core dimensions: care delivery, autonomy, culture management, information management, leadership, psychologic management, and relationship management. The analysis showed a role that is rooted in management processes. Conclusions: The multidimensional nature of the role of acute care nurses was indicated in the dimensional analysis. The findings have implications for the administration and education of nurses, as well as for human resource development of nurses in many parts of the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-278
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004


  • Acute care
  • Concept analysis
  • New graduate nurse
  • Role
  • Role enactment
  • Role theory
  • Staff nurse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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