Women's views of Registered Nurses as Papanicolaou smear providers: A pilot study

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Title Women's views of Registered Nurses as Papanicolaou smear providers: A pilot study
Author Christie, Leane; Gamble, Jennifer Ann; Creedy, Debra
Journal Name Contemporary Nurse
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Australia
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd
Abstract Background: Registered nurse Papanicolaou (Pap) smear providers (RN PSPs) were introduced to improve women's accessibility to Pap smear services through the National Cervical Screening Program. This pilot study assessed women's attitudes towards RNs as providers. Method: One hundred women attending a Family Planning Queensland (FPQ) centre for a routine appointment with a doctor or registered nurse were recruited. Participants completed an anonymous questionnaire. Results: A response rate of 86% (n=100) was achieved. Only 15% of participants indicated they had seen a RN for a Pap test prior to this visit and 67% were unaware that registered nurses provided Pap smear services. Participants reported positive attitudes toward RN PSPs (M=44.53, SD=7.85, range 13-60). The majority of participants considered RN PSPs would be responsive to their needs (92%) and well-qualified to perform Pap smears (70%). The majority (79%) would not hesitate to see a RN PSP for a Pap smear. Some uncertainty existed about the competence of nurses to provide this service (25% of respondents were uncertain). Older women were more likely to report less positive attitudes toward RN PSP (r=-.267, p<.05). Women reporting previous awareness of the role of nurses as Pap smear providers were more likely to report positive attitudes (Chi-square=12.96, p<.0001) compared to women with no awareness of this role. Discussion and Conclusions: While women are positive about RN PSPs, there is a need for promotion and community education about the role of RNs in providing cervical screening services.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.5172/conu.20.2.159
Volume 20
Issue Number 2
Edition December 2005
Page from 159
Page to 168
ISSN 1037-6178
Date Accessioned 2005-12-19
Language en_US
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/4863
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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