The expanded role of the registered nurse: studying nurses' perceptions

Nurs Stand. 1999 Jul 14-20;13(43):32-6. doi: 10.7748/ns1999.


Expanded roles for nurses have developed in the UK over the past 25 years and are now commonplace in most clinical settings. However, considerable confusion and difference of opinion exist about the role and its implications for practice. Shelagh Leonard describes a study undertaken to ascertain how the registered nurses who carry out expanded role activities perceive their role.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Job Description*
  • Nursing Care / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Professional Autonomy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires