Advanced Nurse Practitioners’ (Emergency) perceptions of their role, positionality and professional identity: a narrative inquiry

MACASKILL, Ann and KERR, Lisa (2020). Advanced Nurse Practitioners’ (Emergency) perceptions of their role, positionality and professional identity: a narrative inquiry. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

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Aims To explore Advanced Nurse Practitioners' (Emergency) perceptions of their role, positionality and professional identity. Background Advanced nursing practice was formally established in the Republic of Ireland in 2001 with 336 Advanced Nurse Practitioners currently registered increasing to a critical mass of 750 by 2021. Advanced practitioners (Emergency) provide full emergency care for a specific cohort of clients with unscheduled, undifferentiated and undiagnosed conditions. Design Qualitative narrative inquiry using Bourdieu's concepts of habitus, field and capital as the theoretical framework was undertaken. Methods Data were collected in ten in‐depth interviews and thematic analysis applied. Results Five key themes emerged: participants' career pathways, personal and professional transitions, role dimensions and core concepts, position in the organisation and emergent professional identity. Role‐transitioning and a change in habitus, field and capital revealed the uniqueness of their nursing role. Minimising waiting times, timely patient care and patient satisfaction were key performance indicators. A heightened awareness regarding higher‐level decision‐making, autonomy and accountability are integral to advanced practice. Conclusion This study presents unique insights into the advanced nurse practitioner role covering recruitment, organisational culture changes required and support to ease transition emerged. Impact Better understanding the motivation to undertake the role, the transition experience and use of advanced practice skills‐sets will inform the targets for the future recruitment and retention of Advanced Nurse Practitioners are met nationally and internationally. Dissatisfaction with previous management roles and wanting to be clinically‐close to patients were motivations to follow an advanced practice clinical career trajectory. Positionality and emergent professional identity are key enablers ensuring advanced practitioners' roles demonstrate the attributes of advanced practice. Educators could use the findings to develop recruitment, retention and progression strategies. Disseminating the role and scopes of practice could positively influence collaborative models of service delivery and policy development.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing; Nursing
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Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2020 16:44
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 14:45

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