A conceptual framework for advanced practice: an action research project operationalizing an advanced practitioner/consultant nurse role

Authors

  • KIM MANLEY BA, MN, RGN, DipN, RCNT, PGCEA

    1. Lecturer in Nursing/Course Director MSc in Nursing, RCN Institute, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London WIM OAB, UK
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Summary

  • A preliminary conceptual framework for an advanced practice/consultant nurse role is presented which links the role to its context and outcomes.
  • The conceptual framework was developed in the process of analysing data from a 3-year action research study involving the operationalization of an advanced practice/consultant nurse role in a Nursing Development Unit.
  • The skills and knowledge base of consultancy, underpinned by a strong nursing foundation, augmented by strong leadership and combined with the educator and researcher functions, are presented as the attributes of the advanced practitioner/consultant nurse.
  • The facilitation of a transformational culture is highlighted as central to the skills and processes used within the role.
  • Implications for the preparation and accreditation of the advanced practitioner/ consultant nurse are highlighted.

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