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Radiographers' areas of professional competence related to good nursing care

Andersson, Bodil-T LU ; Fridlund, Bengt; Elgán, Carina LU and Axelsson, Asa B. (2008) In Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 22(3). p.401-409
Abstract
Background: Radiographers' ability and competence is a matter of vital importance for patients. Nursing care is an integral part of the radiographer's work. The demand for high competence in clinical activities has increased in diagnostic radiology and has had an impact on the development of the profession. Aim: The aim was to describe the radiographer's areas of professional competence in relation to good nursing care based on critical incidents that occur in the course of radiological examinations and interventions. Method: A descriptive design with a qualitative approach, using the Critical Incident Technique was employed. Interviews were conducted with a strategic sample of registered radiographers (n = 14), based at different... (More)
Background: Radiographers' ability and competence is a matter of vital importance for patients. Nursing care is an integral part of the radiographer's work. The demand for high competence in clinical activities has increased in diagnostic radiology and has had an impact on the development of the profession. Aim: The aim was to describe the radiographer's areas of professional competence in relation to good nursing care based on critical incidents that occur in the course of radiological examinations and interventions. Method: A descriptive design with a qualitative approach, using the Critical Incident Technique was employed. Interviews were conducted with a strategic sample of registered radiographers (n = 14), based at different hospitals in Sweden. Ethical issues: The appropriate ethical principles were followed. All the participants provided informed consent, and formal approval for conducting the research was obtained according to national and local directives. Results: The data analysis resulted in two main areas; direct and indirect patient-related areas of competence, which describe the radiographers' skills that either facilitate or hinder good nursing care. In the direct patient-related area of competence, four categories emerged, which illustrate good nursing care in the patient's immediate surroundings. In the indirect patient-related area of competence, four categories illuminated good nursing care that is provided without direct contact with the patient. Conclusions: The study highlights the different areas of the radiographer's unique professional competence. The findings provide insight into the radiographer's profession, on one hand as a carer and on the other as a medical technologist as well as highlighting the importance of each role. The radiographer's work encompasses a variety of components - from caring for the patient to handling and checking the technical equipment. (Less)
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knowledge, good nursing care, competence, Critical Incident Technique, radiographer, radiological nurse
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Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
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22
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401 - 409
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Wiley-Blackwell
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1471-6712
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10.1111/j.1471-6712.2007.00543.x
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English
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  author       = {Andersson, Bodil-T and Fridlund, Bengt and Elgán, Carina and Axelsson, Asa B.},
  issn         = {1471-6712},
  keyword      = {knowledge,good nursing care,competence,Critical Incident Technique,radiographer,radiological nurse},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {401--409},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences},
  title        = {Radiographers' areas of professional competence related to good nursing care},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-6712.2007.00543.x},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2008},
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