Development and validation of a novel approach to work sampling : a study of nurse practitioner work patterns

Gardner, Glenn E., Gardner, Anne, Middleton, Sandy, Gibb, Michelle, Della, Phillip, & Duffield, Christine (2010) Development and validation of a novel approach to work sampling : a study of nurse practitioner work patterns. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 27(4), pp. 4-12.

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Objectives: This methodological paper reports on the development and validation of a work sampling instrument and data collection processes to conduct a national study of nurse practitioners’ work patterns. ---------- Design: Published work sampling instruments provided the basis for development and validation of a tool for use in a national study of nurse practitioner work activities across diverse contextual and clinical service models. Steps taken in the approach included design of a nurse practitioner-specific data collection tool and development of an innovative web-based program to train and establish inter rater reliability of a team of data collectors who were geographically dispersed across metropolitan, rural and remote health care settings. ---------- Setting: The study is part of a large funded study into nurse practitioner service. The Australian Nurse Practitioner Study is a national study phased over three years and was designed to provide essential information for Australian health service planners, regulators and consumer groups on the profile, process and outcome of nurse practitioner service. ---------- Results: The outcome if this phase of the study is empirically tested instruments, process and training materials for use in an international context by investigators interested in conducting a national study of nurse practitioner work practices. ---------- Conclusion: Development and preparation of a new approach to describing nurse practitioner practices using work sampling methods provides the groundwork for international collaboration in evaluation of nurse practitioner service.

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ID Code: 37584
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Advanced Practice Nursing, Health Service Research, Nurse Practitioner, Work Sampling
ISSN: 0813-0531
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 2010 Australian Nursing Federation
Copyright Statement: This journal is published in Australia and is fully copyrighted. All rights reserved. All material published in the Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing is the property of the Australian Nursing Federation and may not be reproduced, translated for reproduction or otherwise utilised without the permission of the publisher.
Deposited On: 29 Sep 2010 21:05
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:18

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