Nurses' experiences of a colorectal cancer screening pilot

Br J Nurs. 2011 Feb 24-Mar 9;20(4):210, 212, 214 passim. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2011.20.4.210.


This article describes a study that set out to explore the experience of endoscopy nurse practitioners participating in the Department of Health-funded UK Nurse-led Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Colorectal Cancer Screening Pilot. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the three nurse practitioners involved and were analysed using Thematic Analysis, a qualitative method for analysing and reporting patterns (themes) within data. Nurse practitioners found that participating in the study improved their skills and provided job satisfaction despite the hard work it entailed. A varied workload consisting of diagnostic and screening procedures, in addition to the other duties of nurse practitioners, may be desirable for nurses working in the field of gastroenterology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Mass Screening / psychology*
  • Nurse Practitioners*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Qualitative Research
  • Sigmoidoscopy / psychology*