The status of Australian nurse practitioners : the first national census

Gardner, Anne, Gardner, Glenn E., Middleton, Sandy, & Della, Phillip (2009) The status of Australian nurse practitioners : the first national census. Australian Health Review, 33(4), pp. 679-689.

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A five-section questionnaire was mailed to all 234 authorised Australian nurse practitioners in late 2007. An 85% response rate was achieved (202 responses). Respondents had a mean age of 47.0 years and 84.2% were women. Only 145 nurse practitioners (72% of respondents) reported being employed in Australia at the time of the census. Emergency nurse practitioners were the most commonly employed nationally (26.9%). Nearly one third of employed nurse practitioners reported that they were still awaiting approval to prescribe medications despite this being a core legislated skill. Over 70% stated that lack of Medicare provider numbers and lack of authority to prescribe through the Pharmaceut ical Benef its Scheme was extremely limiting to their practice. These findings are consistent with the international literature describing establishment of reformative

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ID Code: 28676
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0156-5788
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2009 02:34
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:59

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