Assessment of an established dialysis nurse practitioner model of care using mixed methods research Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • To assess a dialysis nurse practitioner (NP) model of care by examining satisfaction, quality of life (QOL) and clinical outcomes of haemodialysis patients and explore experiences of dialysis nurses.Mixed methods.Database analyses of dialysis indices amongst a sample (n = 45) of haemodialysis patients; a survey (n = 27) examining patient experience, satisfaction and QOL; and in-depth interviews with a sample (n = 10) of nurses.Nurses commended the NP role, with five themes emerging: "managing and co-ordinating", "streamlining and alleviating", "developing capability", "supporting innovation and quality" and "connecting rurally". Patients' average age was 66 years and 71% were male. Patients' satisfaction with the care they received was rated 3.5/4 or higher across seven parameters and the average QOL score was 7.9/10.The NP model of care is effective in enhancing patient care within a collaborative framework. The challenge is to sustain, and enhance the model, through mentorship programs for potential candidates.

publication date

  • 2016