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Exploring the impact of the implementation of a nursing clinical development unit program : what outcomes are evident?

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Brenda Happell, T Martin
ABSTRACT: Nursing Clinical Development Units have become popular as a framework for the facilitation of the professional development of nursing and to contribute to improved outcomes for consumers of health care services. An exploratory evaluation of the Nursing Clinical Development Unit program implemented by the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice was undertaken using a qualitative approach. This paper focuses on the findings relating to outcomes. A number of positive outcomes were identified including: changes within nursing practices; the development of more positive attitudes by nurses, a greater focus on research utilization and evidence based practice; and an increase in professional development activities, including conference presentations. Despite these positive findings, the need for more structured evaluation and an increased emphasis on dissemination of findings was identified.

History

Volume

13

Issue

3

Start Page

177

End Page

184

Number of Pages

8

ISSN

1445-8330

Location

Australia

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International journal of mental health nursing.