Do hospital-based palliative care clinical nurse specialists de-skill general staff?

B. Jack, J. Oldham, A. Williams

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A large number of clinical nurse specialists work within the area of palliative care, particularly in the acute hospital setting. This article presents the qualitative findings of an evaluation study that looked at the impact of the clinical nurse specialist within a palliative care team in a large acute hospital in the North-West of England. A total of 31 interviews were conducted with stakeholders from across the hospital setting. The data were analysed for emerging themes using a case and cross-case analysis. The results indicated that the senior stakeholders and the palliative care team felt that the clinical nurse specialists might be de-skilling the general nursing and medical staff, while junior staff did not perceive that they were being de-skilled. This article discusses potential explanations for this, including the possibility that junior staff may not be fully aware of the role of palliative care clinical nurse specialist. The impact that clinical nurse specialists are having on empowering the junior staff is also discussed and recommendations for further research are suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-340
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2002


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