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Int J Nurs Stud. 2000 Dec;37(6):513-21.

The lived experience of the oncology clinical nurse specialist.

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  • 1Department of Nursing and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, City Campus, Cowcaddens Rd, Glasgow G4 0BA, UK.


The purpose of this study was to explore what was important and what was unique in the experience of the oncology clinical nurse specialist (OCNS). The sample included eight clinical nurse specialists from one geographical area. One to one interviews focused on reflection on two critical incidents from the OCNSs' own clinical experience: one which they thought had gone particularly well and one that had not gone well. Thematic analysis of the OCNS narratives revealed the main themes of uncertain ground, boundaries, support, and reflective practice. Issues which evolved from thematic analysis were related to the developmental needs of the OCNSs involved in the study. Some aspects of the uniqueness of the role was apparent. Recommendations for further research are made.

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