Nurse practitioner integration: Qualitative experiences of the change management process

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Lowe, Grainne, Plummer, Virginia and Boyd, Leanne. (2018). Nurse practitioner integration: Qualitative experiences of the change management process. Journal of Nursing Management. 26(8), pp. 992 - 1001. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.12624
AuthorsLowe, Grainne, Plummer, Virginia and Boyd, Leanne
Abstract

Aim: The aim of this qualitative research was to explore perceptions of organisational change related to the integration of nurse practitioners from key nursing stakeholders. Background: The ongoing delivery of effective and efficient patient services is reliant upon the development and sustainability of nurse practitioner roles. Examination of the factors contributing to the underutilization of nurse practitioner roles is crucial to inform future management policies. A change management theory is used to reveal the complexity involved. Method: Qualitative interviews were undertaken using a purposive sampling strategy of key stakeholders. Thematic analysis was undertaken and key themes were correlated to the theoretical framework. Results: The results confirm the benefits of nurse practitioner roles, but suggest organisational structures and embedded professional cultures present barriers to full role optimization. Complicated policy processes are creating barriers to the integration of nurse practitioner roles. Conclusion: The findings increase understanding of the links between strategic planning, human resource management, professional and organisational cultures, governance and politics in change management. Effective leadership drives the change process through the ability to align key components necessary for success. Sustainability of nurse practitioners relies on recognition of their full potential in the health care team. Implications for nursing management: The results of this study highlight the importance of management and leadership in the promotion of advanced nursing skills and experience to better meet patient outcomes. The findings reinforce the potential of nurse practitioners to deliver patient centred, timely and efficient health care.

Keywordschange management; health care reform; human resource management; nurse practitioners; organisational culture; organisational structure
Year2018
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Journal citation26 (8), pp. 992 - 1001
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN0966-0429
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.12624
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85056482346
Page range992 - 1001
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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