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doi: 10.1097/NUR.0b013e31826e3f43
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The Impact of the Expanded Nursing Practice on Professional Identify in Denmark

Piil, Karin RH, MhsN; Kolbæk, Raymond MhsN; Ottmann, Goetz PhD; Rasmussen, Bodil PhD



There was an error in the title of the article by Karin Piil, RH, MhsN, that appeared on page 329 of the November/December 2012 issue. The correct title is: “The Impact of Expanded Nursing Practice on Professional Identity in Denmark.”

Clinical Nurse Specialist. 27(1):43, January/February 2013.

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Purpose: This article explores the concept of professional identity of Danish nurses working in an expanded practice. The case study explores the experiences of a small group of Danish nurses with a new professional category that reaches into a domain that customarily belonged to physicians. The aim of this case study was to explore the impact of “nurse consultations,” representing an expanded nursing role, of 5 nurses focusing on their perception of autonomy, self-esteem, and confidence.

Methods: The case study used semistructured interviews with 5 participants triangulated and validated with participant observations, a focus group interview, and theoretically derived insights.

Findings: This study indicates that nurses working within a new expanded professional practice see themselves as still engaged in nursing and not as substitute physicians. The study also suggests that the involved nurses gained a higher sense of autonomy, self-esteem, and confidence in their practice. These elements have a positive impact on their professional identity.

Conclusion: The research demonstrates that for the nurses involved in expanded professional practice, the boundaries of professional practice have shifted significantly. The research indicates that an expanded practice generates a new domain within the professional identity of nurses.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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