The public health role of the learning disability nurse.

Mafuba, Kay (2014) The public health role of the learning disability nurse. In: UK Learning Disability Nurse Consultant Network Conference, 14th January 2014, Welsh Government Ofices, Cardiff, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Purpose
Research into how public health policy is translated into role specifications within job
descriptions of community learning disability nurses is important. In addition, the
need for research that focuses on describing how community learning disability
nurses perceive, and enact their public health roles has been identified.
Furthermore, there is need to explain the ‘moderators’ of how community learning
disability nurses enact their public health roles.

Methods
This was a 3-stage exploratory sequential multiple methods study. Stage 1 was
documentary, and involved collecting and analysing community learning disability
nurses’ job descriptions, and or person specifications. Stage 2 was descriptive, and
used a grounded theory approach. Stage 3 was explanatory, and involved an online
questionnaire survey.

Main findings
There were inconsistencies in public health role expectations in community learning
disability nurses’ job descriptions and person specifications. The public health roles
were academic, health education, health prevention, health promotion, health
protection, health surveillance, healthcare access facilitation, healthcare delivery,
leadership, and policy development and implementation. The moderators of public
health role enactment by community nurses identified in this study were complex and
extended beyond current explanations of role theory. Some of the correlates of the
moderators of public health role enactment by community learning disability nurses
included role clarity in job descriptions, periodic review of role expectations, role
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perception, perceived role value, community learning disability nurses’ perceptions of
employing organisations’ priorities, and community learning disability nurses’
perceptions of employing organisations’ knowledge of the public health needs of
people with learning disabilities, band, and finally the type of employer.

Significance for research and practice
There is a need for clarity of community learning disability nurses’ public health roles
locally, and nationally. It is important that relevant organisations have structures that
can respond appropriately to public health policy changes in order to meet the often
complex and co-morbid health needs of people with learning disabilities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Subjects: Medicine and health
Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Kay Mafuba
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 11:59
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 11:59
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2416

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