Issues in Nurse Practitioner Developments In Australia

Gardner, Glenn E. (2004) Issues in Nurse Practitioner Developments In Australia. Cancer Forum, 28(3), pp. 132-134.

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The nurse practitioner level of health care is one of the most important developments in nursing in the past 30 years and marks the opportunity for significant reform in the Australian health care industry. Nurse practitioners, whilst well established in North America, the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, are a relatively recent development in Australia. The introduction of the nurse practitioner level of service is a function of state rather than national government and consequently the implementation throughout Australia has been gradual, with title protection and practice privileges now legislated in five states over a 15-year period. Despite this rather long lead-in time, there remains confusion and uncertainty relating to the role and function of the nurse practitioner within nursing, other health disciplines and most importantly, the community of health care consumers. The aim of this paper therefore, is to reduce the confusion and uncertainty and provide information for nurses, medical and allied health professionals about this innovative level of health care. The preparation and introduction of a new level of health care into existing systems is a complex and multifaceted undertaking. In this paper I focus on four issues that are currently influencing the progress of the nurse practitioner in Australia. These are definitional issues, the research base, Australian state and national development and role development.

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ID Code: 1358
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 0311-306X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Cancer Council of Australia
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link).
Deposited On: 26 May 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:07

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