The influence of context of role behaviours of perioperative nurses

Helen McGarvey, M Chambers, JRP Boore

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•USING A CASE STUDY APPROACH, researchers conducted a focused exploration of the role of perioperative nurses.

•DATA WERE COLLECTED in three different hospitals during 358 hours of observation and 34 hours of interviews with 35 nurses. Researchers also analyzed nursing documents, including the care plans of 230 patients.

•FINDINGS SHOW that various contextual mechanisms are influential in the role performance of perioperative nurses.

•THIS STUDY HIGHLIGHTS the importance of providing adequate support for perioperative nurses to perform their role in an intensely stressful environment. Patient-focused leadership and the promotion of a caring philosophy are needed to strengthen perioperative nursing and, ultimately, improve patient care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1103-1120
Number of pages17
JournalAORN Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Dec 2004


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