Development and Validation of the Role Profile of the Nurse Continence Specialist

Janice Paterson, J Ostaszkiewicz, I Gede Suyasa, Jennifer Skelly, Lesley Bellefeuille

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Although nurses have specialized in the management of incontinence, bladder, bowel, and pelvic fl oor dysfunction for more than 30 years, there is a lack of awareness and underutilization of their role. This article describes a 6-year project to defi ne, characterize, and validate a role profi le of the Nurse Continence Specialist. Data collection used a 2-phase, mixed-methods design. Phase 1 of the project resulted in a draft Nurse Continence Specialist role profi le and Phase 2 led to validation of the draft profile. The result was a broad consensus about what constitutes the specifi c skill set for Nurse Continence Specialist specialization within nursing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-647
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2016


  • Advanced practice
  • Competency standards
  • Continence nursing
  • Incontinence
  • Nurse Continence Specialist
  • Nursing leadership
  • Professional practice
  • Role profile
  • Specialization


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