Using the Delphi survey technique to develop a professional definition of nursing for analysing nursing workload

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  • Susan Procter PhD RGN BSc(Hons) Cert Ed,

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    1. Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne
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  • Maura Hunt PhD MPM RGN RHV RHVT

    1. Formerly Regional Nursing Research Liaison Officer, South East Thames Regional Health Authority, London, England (now retired)
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Dr S. Procter, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Northumbria, Coack Lane Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7XY, England.

Abstract

This paper describes the use of the Delphi survey technique to develop a professional definition of nursing which is used as a framework for analysing the contribution made to care by learner nurses prior to the introduction of Project 2000. A detailed account is provided of the importance of generating a theoretical nursing perspective to structure the first round of the Delphi survey. The paper goes on to question the validity of developing a consensus about nursing priorities in subsequent rounds of the Delphi survey and argues instead that priorities about nursing care needs can only be determined in the context of practice.

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