Exploring nurses’ perspectives of stroke care
Lin Perry Senior research fellow, Cardiovascular disease and stroke, Health Care Research Unit, City University, London
Wendy Brooks Stroke nurse consultant, St Helier Hospital
Sharon Hamilton Head of nursing research, Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, St Helier Hospital, Carshalton, Surrey
In recent years stroke has been recognised as a national clinical, research and policy priority. Stroke nurses and stroke nursing are important contributors, but previous studies have highlighted lack of clarity and contradictions in the nursing role. A stroke nursing conference in 2002 offered the opportunity to explore nurses’ vision for the future through a series of focus group meetings. Many examples of good practice were identified, for example, nursing contributions to risk factor management and secondary prevention, service co-ordination and development, follow-up and support of stroke patients and their families. However, areas for further development include realigning services to a patient focus and ensuring equitable access, integrating services, supporting development of the nursing research evidence base and providing career and educational frameworks for nurses in stroke care. Nurses set out a vision for stroke nursing in which current strengths and developments are consolidated and disseminated in a dynamic, multiprofessional, integrated patient-focused service.
Nursing Standard. 19, 12, 33-38. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.12.19.12.33.c3768Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review