We are different: the voices of psychiatric advanced practice nurses on the performance of their roles

Yuen Ling Fung, Chung Yee Zenobia Chan, Wai Tong Chien

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Background: Many studies have affirmed that psychiatric advanced practice nurses (APNs) perform multifaceted roles. However, only a limited amount of research has been conducted on their perceptions of the performance of their roles. Aim: To explore the lived experiences of psychiatric APNs concerning the performance of their roles. Design: Data were collected from individual semi-structured interviews and analysed using the interpretative phenomenological analysis method. Methods: The study was conducted in a hospital cluster in Hong Kong. Thirteen psychiatric APNs were purposively recruited. Results: Three themes were discerned, namely, ‘We are different’, ‘Who am I?’, and ‘I am who I am’. Conclusions: The findings can help psychiatric APNs and nurse administrators to better understand the needs of the role-bearers (APNs) and to develop strategies to support the development of advanced psychiatric nursing practices in Hong Kong and worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-29
Number of pages17
JournalContemporary Nurse
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • advanced practice nurse
  • psychiatric nursing
  • role development
  • service development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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