Operating Theatre nurses' perceptions of competence: A focus group study

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Title Operating Theatre nurses' perceptions of competence: A focus group study
Author Gillespie, Brigid Mary; Chaboyer, Wendy; Wallis, Marianne; Chang, Hsiao-Yun Annie; Werder, Helen
Journal Name Journal of Advanced Nursing
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Abstract Abstract Title. Operating theatre nurses' perceptions of competence: a focus group study. Aim. This paper is a report of a study exploring nurses' perceptions of the components of competence in the operating theatre. Background. Competency Standards for operating theatre practice are used in some countries to guide clinical and professional behaviours. The need for competence assessment has been enshrined, but the conceptualization and agreement about what signifies competence in Operating Theatre has been lacking. Methods. Three focus groups were conducted with 27 operating theatre nurses in three major metropolitan hospitals in Queensland, Australia. Interviews were audio taped and field notes were taken. Data were collected during 2008. Thematic analysis was performed. Findings. From the analysis of the textual data, three themes were identified: 'coalescence of theoretical, practical, situational and aesthetic knowledge within a technocratic environment'; 'the importance of highly developed communication skills among teams of divergent personalities and situations'; and 'managing and coordinating the flow of the list'. Conclusion. These findings have identified that competence in respect to components of knowledge, teamwork and communication, and the ability to coordinate and manage are important and should be incorporated in operating theatre Competency Standards. Additionally, findings may assist in the development of an instrument to measure operating nurses' perceived competence. Keywords: communication, competence, focus group, knowledge, leadership, teamwork, theatre nurses, workload
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2008.04955.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.The definitive version is available at www.interscience.wiley.com
Volume 65
Issue Number 5
Page from 1019
Page to 1028
ISSN 0309-2402
Date Accessioned 2009-07-10
Date Available 2010-01-28T05:30:22Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nursing; PRE2009-Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/28512
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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