A historical review of the nurse practitioner role in Australia

Driscoll, Andrea, Worrall-Carter, Linda, O`Reilly, Jan and Stewart, Simon 2005, A historical review of the nurse practitioner role in Australia, Clinical excellence for nursing practitioners, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 141-152.

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Title A historical review of the nurse practitioner role in Australia
Author(s) Driscoll, AndreaORCID iD for Driscoll, Andrea orcid.org/0000-0002-6837-0249
Worrall-Carter, Linda
O`Reilly, Jan
Stewart, Simon
Journal name Clinical excellence for nursing practitioners
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 141
End page 152
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Place of publication Secaucus, N.J.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1085-2360
Keyword(s) Australia
health policy
history of nursing -- Australia
New South Wales
nurse practice acts
nursing models
nursing process
prescriptive authority
professional development
scope of practice
South Australia
Summary Internationally, the nurse practitioner role has been shown to be cost-effective, safe, and instrumental in improving patient outcomes. The nurse practitioner role in Australia is in its infancy. Major stakeholders such as the nurses' boards and state departments of health throughout Australia were contacted to identify major policies and discussion papers. Database searches were conducted in CINAHL and EBSCOhost. Disparity between states exists in all facets of the nurse practitioner role, especially in definition of the role, scope of practice, educational qualifications, and specialized functions. Access to Medicare funding is unobtainable, resulting in inequity of access to health services for disadvantaged communities. The State Nurse Practitioner Taskforce Reports highlight the disparity between the role of nurse practitioner in each State of Australia and has led to fragmentation of the role at a national level. There is a need for consistency, which could be achieved if it were coordinated by a national nursing body with a voice in national health policy development and implementation
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Elsevier
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