Intraprofessional teamwork in district nursing: in whose interest?

Authors

  • Jane M Griffiths BNurs(Hons) RGN DNCert,

    Queen's Nursing Institute Research Student
    1. University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England
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  • Karen A Luker BNurs PhD RGN DNCert

    Professor of Community Nursing, Corresponding author
    1. University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England
      Professor K A Luker, Department of Community Nursing University of Liverpool LB9 3BX, England
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Professor K A Luker, Department of Community Nursing University of Liverpool LB9 3BX, England

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine mtraprofessional team working between district nurses Data from an exploratory study, conducted in the United Kingdom, of 130 home visits of 16 district nurses describes mtraprofessional relationships in community nursing teams Participant observation and m-depth interviews were the methods of data collection The findings suggest that the professional culture of community nursing has led to the development of organizational rules which, in a quest to avoid conflict between team members, potentially militate against patient choice The data presented here explore three areas of the nurses’ practice committing services, changing care and working unsocial hours

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