Issues impacting advanced nursing practice: Awareness of nurses in a tertiary care hospital
Rajeswari H, N Subhasini, V Suganya, Dr. Indira S, Jayanthi V
Globally advanced nursing practice roles are developing, and opportunities for advanced nursing practice are expanding worldwide due to the need for expert nursing cared at an advanced level of practice. A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among nurses working at NMCH, Nellore with an aim to know the awareness regarding issues impacting advanced nursing practice. 50 nurses were selected by using a convenience sampling technique. Data was obtained through a pretested self-administered questionnaire and was analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics. Chi-square test was applied as a test of significance with fixing the p-value of 0.05 as significant. The study findings revealed that out of 50 nurses 37(74%) nurses have poor awareness, 9(18%) have moderate awareness and only 4 (8%) nurses are well aware about issues impacting advanced nursing practice. The study findings concludes that there is also a need for the collaborative, systematic and evidence-based process to provide data to support the need and goals for a clearly defined advanced nursing practice role. Also it is essential to organize orientation programme on advanced nursing practice, also to promote full utilization of all the role domains. This creates an environment that supports the role development and also provides the evaluation of these roles with the goals.