Working relationships between practice nurses and general practitioners in Australia: A critical analysis

Eileen Willis, Judith Condon, John Litt

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    Abstract

    This research set out to explore shared care between practice nurses and general practitioners in South Australia. Nine practice nurses (PNs), two nurse practitioners and 10 general practitioners (GPs) were interviewed in urban and rural practices in order to build up a picture of how GPs and PNs worked together. The interviews showed that shared care was not a reality, although practice nurses were very busy, enjoyed their work and were no longer performing as receptionists doing a little nursing on the side, but as highly skilled nurses. Questions that emerged included whether or not practice nurses are specialists or generalists; their relationship to nurse practitioners; the extent to which the doctor-nurse game explains the relationship between practice nurses and general practitioners; and the potential for expanding the practice nurse role.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)239-247
    Number of pages9
    JournalNursing Inquiry
    Volume7
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2000

    Keywords

    • General practitioners
    • Practice nurses
    • Shared care

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