Education and role title as predictors of enacted (actual) scope of practice in generalist nurses in a pediatric academic health sciences center

Johanne Déry, Sean P. Clarke

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to document the enacted (actual) scope of practice (SOP) of nurses in pediatric settings in relation to education level and position. BACKGROUND: Baccalaureate-prepared staff nurses routinely carry out only a fraction of the activities essential for quality of care and patient safety they have been educated for. A direct care nurse clinician role exists for nurses with bachelor’s degrees in Quebec, Canada. METHOD: Survey of 301 nurses in a pediatric university hospital in Quebec was conducted. RESULTS: Enacted (actual) SOP for baccalaureate-educated nurses was significantly broader than that of nurses with junior college diplomas and nurse clinicians (baccalaureate-educated) carried out complex activities more frequently. CONCLUSION: The creation of job titling and role descriptions that reflect the upper range of nursing competencies could be an important tool for promoting broadened SOP for baccalaureate nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-269
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Volume46
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2016

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  • Leadership and Management

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