Reviewing nurses’ and doctors’ abilities to perform clinical breast examination
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Reviewing nurses’ and doctors’ abilities to perform clinical breast examination

Shirley Day Clinical nurse specialist in breast care, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London

This literature review examines the potential role of the specialist nurse or nurse practitioner in performing clinical breast examinations. This would be an extended role for the nurse. With the proper training, supervision and support, this literature review leads one to conclude that there is little or no difference in the abilities of nurses and doctors to detect breast masses.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 5, 8,31-34. doi: 10.7748/cnp2006.10.5.8.31.c7585

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