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Registered nurses in expanded roles improve care in nursing homes: Swiss perspective based on the modified Delphi method

Basinska, Kornelia and Wellens, Nathalie I. H. and Simon, Michael and Zeller, Andreas and Kressig, Reto W. and Zúñiga, Franziska. (2021) Registered nurses in expanded roles improve care in nursing homes: Swiss perspective based on the modified Delphi method. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77 (2). pp. 742-754.

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Abstract

To define both competencies and envisaged outcomes for registered nurses in expanded roles in Swiss nursing homes to be implemented and evaluated within a new model of care.; In regions where Advanced Practice Nurses are rare or absent, registered nurses take up clinical leadership and expanded roles. To allow effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of these nurses, stakeholders need a shared understanding of the competencies they require and what outcomes they should achieve.; RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method - a modified Delphi method.; A critical literature review and case studies were conducted to identify possible competencies and outcomes for registered nurses in expanded roles. In 2017, a two-round rating process and an in-person panel discussion was completed by a group of multi-professional stakeholders.; Two rounds generated 190 competencies and 72 outcomes relevant to registered nurses in expanded roles.; The relevant competencies and outcomes of registered nurses in expanded roles indicate their support for care teams and development of nursing care in nursing homes. Their geriatric expertise allows them to function as role models and innovators, reinforcing overall perceptions of nursing as a profession. These nurses are especially important in countries and settings where Advanced Practice Nurses are scarce or unavailable.; The identified competencies clarify the duties of expanded-role registered nurses, thereby differentiating them from other care providers. Although conducted in the Swiss healthcare system, our methods and findings can be adapted to other healthcare settings. The results of this study will guide the development of an educational programme in a multi-centre study to reduce avoidable hospitalizations, while the defined outcomes guide the evaluation of their impact.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Institut für Pflegewissenschaft
UniBasel Contributors:Basinska, Kornelia and Simon, Michael and Zuniga, Franziska
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0309-2402
e-ISSN:1365-2648
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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