Development and Validation of the Role Profile of the Nurse Continence Specialist Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Although nurses have specialized in the management of incontinence, bladder, bowel, and pelvic floor dysfunction for more than 30 years, there is a lack of awareness and underutilization of their role. This article describes a 6-year project to define, characterize, and validate a role profile of the Nurse Continence Specialist. Data collection used a 2-phase, mixed-methods design. Phase 1 of the project resulted in a draft Nurse Continence Specialist role profile and Phase 2 led to validation of the draft profile. The result was a broad consensus about what constitutes the specific skill set for Nurse Continence Specialist specialization within nursing.


  • Paterson, Janice
  • Ostaszkiewicz, Joan
  • Suyasa, I Gede Putu Darma
  • Skelly, Jennifer
  • Bellefeuille, Lesley

publication date

  • November 2016