Activities of intellectual disability clinical specialists in Ireland.

Owen Doody, E Slevin, Laurence Taggart

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Purpose/Aim: The aim of this study was to identify the contribution of Irish intellectual disability clinical nurse specialists (ID CNSs) to service delivery.Design:A non-experimental descriptive design was selected to survey ID CNSs presently working in Ireland. The questionnaire was developed based on focus group interviews, available literature, and expert panel views.Methods:Ethical approval and access were granted to all ID CNSs in Ireland. Thirty-two responded (33.68%response rate) from all work areas (voluntary organizations or health service executive) practicingwithin residential, community, or school services. Respondents were surveyed across a range of areas (demographic details and support to client, staff, family, organization, community, otheragencies, and professional development).Results:Findings identify that ID CNSs are active in all aspects of their roles as clinical specialist, educator, communicator, researcher, change agent, and leader, thus supporting person-centered care and improving service delivery.Conclusions:To meet changing healthcare demands, promote person-centered care, and improve service delivery, the CNS role in ID should be developed and supported. The findingsmerit a further study on ID CNS role activity, possible variables influencing role activity, and team members’ views.
LanguageEnglish
Pages89-96
JournalClinical Nurse Specialist
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

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Nurse Clinicians
Ireland
Intellectual Disability
Organizations
Nurse's Role
Focus Groups
Health Services
Research Personnel
Demography
Interviews
Delivery of Health Care
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • intellectual disability
  • nurses
  • specialists

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