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The Invisible Nurse-Behind the Scenes in an Australian OR


Bull, R and Fitzgerald, MA, The Invisible Nurse-Behind the Scenes in an Australian OR, AORN Journal, 79, (4) pp. 810-823. ISSN 0001-2092 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0001-2092(06)60822-3


THE DWINDLING NUMBER of RNs choosing to work in the OR has been caused by many factors, such as restricted undergraduate exposure to the perioperative experience and fewer postgraduate opportunities. PRESSURE TO IDENTIFY alternative health care workers to replace RNs in the OR is escalating to a point where the role of the perioperative RN, as currently understood, is threatened. FINDINGS from an Australian ethnographic study suggest that both patients and non-nursing colleagues have limited appreciation of the contribution that perioperative nurses make. THE NEED FOR NURSES to take a proactive stance on this subject is discussed within the context of professional and structural change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Acute care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Bull, R (Professor Rosalind Bull)
UTAS Author:Fitzgerald, MA (Professor Mary Fitzgerald)
ID Code:29266
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2011-07-07

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