Title

Clarifying clinical nurse consultant work in Australia: a phenomenological study

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Cashin, A, Stasa, H, Gullick, J, Conway, R, Cunich, M & Buckley, T in press, 'Clarifying clinical nurse consultant work in Australia: a phenomenological study', Collegian.


Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2014.09.002

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The Clinical Nurse Consultant role in Australia is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Role (APRN). This role has been conceptualized from the discrete pillars of research, education, practice, system support and leadership, articulated in the Strong Model of Advanced Practice. This conceptualization has been manifested in job descriptions, workforce planning and course design. This paper explored whether there was a more refined way of conceptualizing the unique ‘value add’ of the role. A hermeneutic phenomenological approach was employed to explore the lived experience of the role. It was identified that the pillars of education, practice, leadership and research are interconnected and expressed in the system work of the Clinical Nurse Consultant. The findings have implications for education and workforce planning.