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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Nursing Administration|
|State||Published - May 2016|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Leadership and Management