Nursing Procedures and Their Function as Policies for Effective Practice

R A Crow, R G Chapman, Brenda Roe

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    Abstract

    Documents covering nursing procedures form part of the District Health Authorities policies in the United Kingdom. How far such written documents contribute to standards of care has not been established. As part of a wider investigation, a postal survey of all District Health Authorities in England and Wales was undertaken to examine the content of procedures for catheter care. Eighty-two per cent of Authorities responded and it was found that the documents consisted largely of a detailed list of steps to be followed. There was no complete coverage of all components of care and there were gaps in information concerned with patient safety. In discussion it is suggested that procedures reflect technical performance rather than guidelines for good practice. In the light of this analysis it is argued that the profession should reconsider the place of such documents within the Health Authorities' quality assurance programme.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)217-224
    JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
    Volume25
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1988

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