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Australian rural remote registered nurses' experiences of learning to provide antenatal services in general practice: A pilot study

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  • Jane Mills PhD RN BN MN MEd Grad. Cert. (Tertiary Teaching) FRCNA,

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    1. Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, James Cook University, Smithfield, Queensland, Australia
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  • Melanie Birks PhD RN BN MEd.,

    1. Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Churchill, Victoria, Australia
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  • Karen Francis RN PhD MEd MHlth Sc PHC Grad Cert Uni Teach/Learn BHlth Sc Nsg Dip Hlth Sc Nsg FRCNA Fellow JBI,

    1. Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Maureen Miles RN RM Masters Clinical Nursing (MCHN) Grad. Dip. Mid GD Social Science HV Cert (UK) FP Cert (UK),

    1. Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Jan Jones RN RM Masters Clinical Midwifery Grad. Dip. Mid. BN MRCNA MACM

    1. Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Jane Mills, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, James Cook University, Cairns Campus, Macgregor Road, Smithfield, Qld 4878, Australia. Email: jane.mills@jcu.edu.au

Abstract

Mills J, Birks M, Francis K, Miles M, Jones J. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2010; 16: 319–325
Australian rural remote registered nurses' experiences of learning to provide antenatal services in general practice: A pilot study

This article reports on a pilot vocational study programme for provision of antenatal services in the general practice environment. The concurrent evaluation study assessed practice nurses' experiences of undertaking the pilot programme, the level and applicability of the content, and the mode of delivery. General practitioners' understanding of the role of the nurse in providing antenatal services, and the actual and potential impact of this new role on models of service delivery and care were also investigated. Women receiving care from practice nurses within this new model of service delivery and care were also of interest in this study. Findings showed that the current role of the general practice nurse in caring for pregnant women is restricted to assisting the general practitioner to complete their assessment of clients. Organizing clinical placement with a midwife was a major barrier to completing the pilot programme.

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