How the nursing associate role is viewed by different stakeholders: a qualitative research study

Wier, Jacqueline, Price, Nikki, Lake, Kay and Shaw, Tracey (2023) How the nursing associate role is viewed by different stakeholders: a qualitative research study. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 17 (11). pp. 426-435.

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Background: The nursing associate role was created following a review by Health Education England in 2015 that examined nurse education and training so that capacity and improvements could be made to the provision of care in England.

Objective: To explore different stakeholder perspectives of how the nursing associate role has been embedded within local healthcare practice.

Design: The study was designed to explore and evaluate the role of the nursing associate in practice from the perspectives of those stakeholders who have experience of working with the nursing associate.

Setting(s): Online semi-structured interviews.

Participants: 9 stakeholder participants who had direct contact with the nursing associate or trainee nursing associate in the practice setting.

Methods: A mixed-methods qualitative approach was used, which included a creative methodological approach in the form of photo-elicitation and semi-structured interviews to explore the lived experience of participants.

Results: Analysis revealed 2 superordinate themes: (1) the contribution of the nursing associate; (2) real-work perspectives of the role.

Conclusions: The findings demonstrated that the role was important to the provision of care, but that there were challenges related to communication, support and education provision throughout the organisations.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: British Journal of Healthcare Assistants
Publisher: MA Healthcare
ISSN: 2052-4420
Departments: Institute of Health > Midwifery
Additional Information: Kay Lake, Midwifery Lecturer, Institute of Health, University of Cumbria, UK.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2023 10:54
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 15:45


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