Toward Developing a Nurse Endoscopist Role in New Zealand

Gillian Scrymgeour, Dawn Tucker, Bob Marshall

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The purpose of this exploratory descriptive mixed-method study was to explore the potential role of the nurse endoscopist as a part of the solution in fulfilling the workforce requirements of a bowel screening program, ascertain the possible enablers of a nurse endoscopist role in New Zealand, and determine whether there are endoscopy nurses who would wish to follow the nurse endoscopist/nurse practitioner pathway. A questionnaire with both open- and closed-ended questions gained in-depth information regarding the aspirations of New Zealand endoscopy nurses, their perceived enablers and barriers of a nurse endoscopist role, and statistical information on the New Zealand endoscopy nursing workforce. New Zealand has a highly experienced and educated endoscopy nursing workforce who supports the development of the nurse endoscopist role, some of whom expressed interest in a nurse endoscopist/practitioner pathway. It was concluded that with the addition of a specific education pathway and funding, standardization of training for endoscopists, and specific job description for nurse endoscopists, the future development of this role is possible in New Zealand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-133
Number of pages6
JournalGastroenterology Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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