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

Ann Bonner

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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 participant observations and interviews. Having an extensive nephrology nursing knowledge was a striking characteristic of a nursing expert. Expert nurses clearly relied on and utilised 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-167
Number of pages7
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Volume9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007

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