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Focus group interviews examining the contribution of intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists in Ireland

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Show simple item record Doody, Owen Slevin, Eamonn Taggart, Laurence 2019-02-22T12:02:58Z 2019-02-22T12:02:58Z 2017
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore the contribution of clinical nurse specialists in intellectual disability nursing in Ireland. BACKGROUND: While clinical nurse specialists exist since the 1940s, they have only been a reality in Ireland since 2001. While the role of clinical nurse specialist has developed over the years, it still however is often seen as a complex multifaceted role that causes confusion, frustration and controversy. DESIGN: A exploratory qualitative approach using focus groups with Irish intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists (n = 31). METHODS: Five focus group interviews were conducted to gather qualitative data to gain insight into the attitudes, perceptions and opinions of the participants. Data were audio-recorded, transcribed and analysed using Burnard's (Vital Notes for Nurses: Research for Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare, 2011, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford) framework. Ethical approval was gained from the researcher's university and access granted by the national council for the professional development of nursing/midwifery in Ireland. RESULTS: The study highlights that intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists contribute to and support care delivery across a range of areas including client-focused and family-centred care, staff support, organisation support, community support and supporting other agencies. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, the study shows the importance of intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists and their contribution across a range of services, care environments and the support they offer to clients/families/staff/multidisciplinary team members and outside agencies. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Ireland is in a unique position to develop knowledge regarding specialist care for people with intellectual disability that can be shared and adapted by other healthcare professionals in other countries that do not have specialised intellectual disability nurses. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley and Sons Ltd., en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Clinical Nursing;26 (19-20), pp. 2964-2975
dc.rights This is the author accepted version of the following article: Journal of Clinical Nursing 2017, 26 (19-20), pp. 2964-2975 Focus group interviews examining the contribution of intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists in Ireland Doody, Owen, Slevin, Eamonn, Taggart, Laurence which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
dc.subject clinical nurse specialist en_US
dc.subject intellectual disability en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.title Focus group interviews examining the contribution of intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists in Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2019-02-22T11:59:25Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/jocn.13636
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2692772
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dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of clinical nursing
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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