Understanding the role of knowledge in the practice of expert nephrology nurses in Australia

Bonner, Ann (2007) Understanding the role of knowledge in the practice of expert nephrology nurses in Australia. Nursing and Health Sciences, 9 (3). pp. 161-167.

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Abstract

This paper, which is abstracted from a larger study into the acquisition and exercise of nephrology nursing expertise, aims to explore the role of knowledge in expert practice. Using grounded theory methodology, the study involved 17 registered nurses who were practicing in a metropolitan renal unit in New South Wales, Australia. Concurrent data collection and analysis was undertaken, incorporating participants’ observations and interviews. Having extensive nephrology nursing knowledge was a striking characteristic of a nursing expert. Expert nurses clearly relied on and utilized extensive nephrology nursing knowledge to practice. Of importance for nursing, the results of this study indicate that domain-specific knowledge is a crucial feature of expert practice.

Item ID: 2301
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1442-2018
Keywords: expertise; grounded theory; knowledge; practice; renal
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2009 05:56
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes @ 100%
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