A survey of nursing and multidisciplinary team members' perspectives on the perceived contribution of intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists

Owen Doody, Eamonn Slevin, Laurence Taggart

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Abstract

Aim and objectives
To explore multidisciplinary team members' perspectives of clinical nurse specialists in intellectual disability nursing contribution in Ireland.

Background
While clinical nurse specialist roles have advanced over time, they are viewed as multifaceted and complex roles creating confusion. This confusion is reinforced by the absence of studies on multidisciplinary team members' perspectives on the activities of clinical nurse specialists.

Design
A cross-sectional study of multidisciplinary team members (n = 262). The survey instrument was developed based on the literature and the result of a previous qualitative study and survey of intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists.

Methods
SPSS was used for data analyses and descriptive and inferential statistics. The STROBE checklist for cross-sectional studies was used for reporting, and both a university and service providers granted ethical approval.

Findings
This study highlights that multidisciplinary team members identify the contribution and support that intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists provide across a range of practice areas. Clinical nurse specialists support the care process through supporting clients, staffs, families, organisations, communities and other agencies.

Conclusions
Overall, the study reports and acknowledges the significance and contribution of intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists, across a range of practice areas and the support they provide for all stakeholders within the care process.

Relevance to clinical practice
Clinical nurse specialists are central to the nursing profession as a lead clinical role in practice and play a key role within the multidisciplinary team. Highlighting the work of the clinical nurse specialist creates greater clarity and less role ambiguity/confusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3879-3889
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Volume28
Issue number21-22
Early online date9 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • clinical nurse specialist
  • intellectual disability
  • Ireland
  • multidisciplinary team
  • service delivery

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