The perceived impact of the national changes to registration and service provision on the Victorian Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses: a qualitative approach

Breach, R 2014, The perceived impact of the national changes to registration and service provision on the Victorian Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses: a qualitative approach, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Health Sciences, RMIT University.


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Title The perceived impact of the national changes to registration and service provision on the Victorian Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses: a qualitative approach
Author(s) Breach, R
Year 2014
Abstract In 2010 National Registration for nurses was established which was likely to impact the role of the maternal and child health nurses (MCH) in Victoria. This study explored the perceived impact of the national changes to the MCH nurse workforce in Victoria following the implementation of national registration and a proposed national service framework. A qualitative exploratory descriptive (QED) design was employed with the purpose of exploring the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of Key Stakeholders (KSH) and MCH nurses to the recent changes and perceived impact to Victorian MCH nurses.
The significance of this study lies with understanding the gaps in current knowledge of KSH and MCH nurses to the national changes. This involved interviewing 12 KSH from management positions, including Local Government Coordinators, Policy Advisors to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, (DEECD), the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), along with academics from Universities that provide postgraduate Child and Family Health (CFH) education programs for the MCH nurse qualification. The second group interviewed was 36 MCH nurses from across Victoria.
Date was transcribed verbatim and content analysis used. Categories were developed by identifying recurrent patterns from the data, labels were then chosen which reflected the participant’s words: ‘common standard’; ‘universal service’; ‘we do it well’ and ‘imposed from above’. Overall the KSH and MCH nurses were concerned how the disparity in education and qualifications would be resolved and the effect this would have on the service. Findings from this study highlight the importance of comprehensively investigating services offered by all jurisdictions and using collaboration, communication and leadership to effectively introduce change.


Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Health Sciences
Keyword(s) Australia
Maternal and Child Health
National Registration
National Framework
Organisational Change
Knowledge
Attitudes and Beliefs
Perceptions
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