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Patricia Evans
International Journal of Ophthalmic Practice, Vol. 1, Iss. 2, 01 Dec 2010, pp 80 - 84

Aim: The aim of this study was to explore and describe the transitional experience
of developing within these roles using a phenomenological approach.
Methods: Purposive sampling of five advanced practitioners/nurse consultants
was used. Data were generated from in depth unstructured face-to-face interviews
of practitioners. Data were analyzed by thematic analysis.
Results: The study is significant because it focused on the experience of role
transition to consultant level in ophthalmic nursing. Key themes arising from the
findings are nurse consultant/advanced practitioner role issues; the person behind
the role; preparation for the role; role enjoyment; issues within the care team.
Conclusions: This study helps to identify factors that support and hinder role
development in this context and may inform planning for managers as well as
clinical staff when considering the implementation of these roles in practice.

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