Measuring actual scope of nursing practice: A new tool for nurse leaders

Danielle D'Amour, Carl Ardy Dubois, Johanne Déry, Sean Clarke, Éric Tchouaket, Régis Blais, Michèle Rivard

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Objective: This project describes the development and testing of the actual scope of nursing practice questionnaire. Background: Underutilization of the skill sets of registered nurses (RNs) is a widespread concern. Cost-effective, safe, and efficient care requires support by management to facilitate the implementation of nursing practice at the full scope. Methods: Literature review, expert consultation, and face validity testing were used in item development. The instrument was tested with 285 nurses in 22 medical units in 11 hospitals in Canada. Results: The 26-item, 6-dimension questionnaire demonstrated validity and reliability. The responses suggest that nurses practice at less than their optimal scope, with key dimensions of professional practice being implemented infrequently. Conclusions: This instrument can help nurse leaders increase the effective use of RN time in carrying out the full scope of their professional practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-255
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

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Measuring actual scope of nursing practice : A new tool for nurse leaders. / D'Amour, Danielle; Dubois, Carl Ardy; Déry, Johanne; Clarke, Sean; Tchouaket, Éric; Blais, Régis; Rivard, Michèle.

In: Journal of Nursing Administration, Vol. 42, No. 5, 01.05.2012, p. 248-255.

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D'Amour, D, Dubois, CA, Déry, J, Clarke, S, Tchouaket, É, Blais, R & Rivard, M 2012, 'Measuring actual scope of nursing practice: A new tool for nurse leaders', Journal of Nursing Administration, vol. 42, no. 5, pp. 248-255. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNA.0b013e31824337f4
D'Amour, Danielle ; Dubois, Carl Ardy ; Déry, Johanne ; Clarke, Sean ; Tchouaket, Éric ; Blais, Régis ; Rivard, Michèle. / Measuring actual scope of nursing practice : A new tool for nurse leaders. In: Journal of Nursing Administration. 2012 ; Vol. 42, No. 5. pp. 248-255.
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