‘I can't walk away’: understanding the complexities in embedding a new nurse role

S. Randall, G. Furze, C. Thunhurst

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Background: The community matron (CM) role was introduced in England to provide a single point of access to patients living with comorbid long-term conditions who had, or were at risk of, frequent emergency hospitalisation. Aim: This study explored the factors that affected embedding of the CM role. The qualitative study was undertaken in community health services in two cities and a rural area in central England. Method: Participants comprised health professionals (n=30) including CMs, community service managers, and service commissioners; patients (n=10); and their family carers (n=5). Results: Findings reveal that participants were largely positive about the role. However, difficulties with role setup had led to numerous changes in service delivery, which affected how the role has embedded. Conclusion: Many aspects of the CM role are invisible to other health professionals. Invisibility of community nursing, rather than autonomy of the CM role, seems to be a key factor in the challenges of embedding the role.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-550
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

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  • community matron
  • community health nursing
  • nurse's role
  • qualitative study
  • professional autonomy


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