PURPOSE: To describe the role and activities of epilepsy specialist nurses (ESNs) operating as a team in the setting of a hospital specialising in the diagnosis and management of seizure disorders.
METHODS: We conducted a descriptive mixed-methods embedded single case study. We recruited 9 ESNs, 14 of their professional colleagues and 9 'key informants' to analyse their perceptions of the role and activities of ESNs. We collected data through interviews, questionnaires, observations, and documentation. The study was conducted at the Filadelfia Epilepsy Hospital, Denmark.
RESULTS: The team of ESNs offers holistic care to patients and their caregivers regarding the clinical, social, and emotional aspects of epilepsy. The ESNs are integrated in a multidisciplinary team and promote collaboration among the team members. ESNs also contribute to organisational aspects and perform research activities.
CONCLUSION: A structured group of ESNs can operate effectively and extensively in a specialised hospital setting. Our findings contribute to clarifying the description of the ESN's role, and provide an example of how ESNs can be incorporated into a hospital's organisational structure.