Objective: The purpose of the study was to investigate rheumatology nurse specialists' work related empowerment.
Method: Nine nurses undertaking graduate studies were asked to write an essay on 'What work related skills does the rheumatology nurse need to master?' In addition, one interview was conducted. The material was analysed using the method of inductive content analysis.
Results: The following key areas of work related empowerment were identified as important: knowledge about rheumatic diseases; treatments and follow up monitoring care; knowledge about patient education and counselling; collaboration and the ability to co operate; mastery of manual skills and development of the quality of nursing care for patients with rheumatic disease.
Conclusion: The study contributes to a better understanding of work related empowerment among rheumatology nurses. The results of the study can be used to develop the role components of healthcare professionals who attend patients with rheumatic disease.
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