Competency and capability: imperative for nurse practitioner education

Gardner, Glenn E., Dunn, Sandra, Carryer, Jenny, & Gardner, Anne (2006) Competency and capability: imperative for nurse practitioner education. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 24(1), pp. 8-14.


Objective The objective of this study was to conduct research to inform the development of standards for nurse practitioner education in Australia and New Zealand and to contribute to the international debate on nurse practitioner practice.
Setting The research was conducted in all states of Australia where the nurse practitioner is authorised and in New Zealand Subjects The research was informed by multiple data sources including nurse practitioner program curriculae documents from all relevant universities in Australia and New Zealand, interviews with academic convenors of these programs and interviews with nurse practitioners.
Primary argument Findings from this research include support for masters level of education as preparation for the nurse practitioner. These programs need to have a strong clinical learning component and in-depth education for the sciences of specialty practice. Additionally an important aspect of education for the nurse practitioner is the centrality of student directed and flexible learning models. This approach is well supported by the literature on capability.
Conclusions There is agreement in the literature about the lack of consistent standards in nurse practitioner practice, education and nomenclature. The findings from this research contribute to the international debate in this area and bring research informed standards to nurse practitioner education in Australia and New Zealand.

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ID Code: 5994
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: nurse practitioner education, competencies, capability, advanced practice nurse education, IHBI
ISSN: 1447-4328
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Australian Nursing Federation
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:27

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