The role and scope of the clinical nurse consultant in Wentworth area health service, New South Wales, Australia
Article first published online: 15 DEC 2006
Journal of Nursing Management
Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 12–21, January 2007
How to Cite
O'BAUGH, J., WILKES, L. M., VAUGHAN, K. and O'DONOHUE, R. (2007), The role and scope of the clinical nurse consultant in Wentworth area health service, New South Wales, Australia. Journal of Nursing Management, 15: 12–21. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2934.2006.00647.x
- Issue published online: 15 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 15 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication: 10 November 2005
- clinical nurse consultant;
- domains of role;
- New South Wales
Aims This paper reports phase one of a two-part study in a New South Wales area health service, which aimed to evaluate the grading system for clinical nurse consultants.
Background Since its inception in 1986, the role and scope of practice of clinical nurse consultants in New South Wales has been viewed with differing expectations leading to role conflict from the nurse consultants themselves and others in health care including managers and other clinicians.
Method A quantitative approach was used for this study. A survey comprising of open and closed questions was mailed to all clinical nurse consultants (n = 42) employed in the area.
Results The data presented suggest that ambiguity continues about the role, the scope and the differences within the grading system of clinical nurse consultants.
Conclusions Clinical nurse consultants need leadership training and support from their managers to fulfil their role. More work is required to clarify the role of clinical nurse consultants.