Competency and capability: imperative for nurse practitioner education

Gardner, Glenn, Dunn, Sandra, Carryer, Jenny and Gardner, Anne 2006, Competency and capability: imperative for nurse practitioner education, Australian journal of advanced nursing, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 8-14.

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Title Competency and capability: imperative for nurse practitioner education
Author(s) Gardner, Glenn
Dunn, Sandra
Carryer, Jenny
Gardner, Anne
Journal name Australian journal of advanced nursing
Volume number 24
Issue number 1
Start page 8
End page 14
Publisher Australian Nursing Federation
Place of publication South Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2006-09
ISSN 0813-0531
Keyword(s) nurse practitioner education
advanced practice nurse education
Summary 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.
The research was conducted in all states of Australia where the nurse practitioner is authorised and in New Zealand.
The research was informed by multiple data sources including nurse practitioner program curricula 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 master's 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.
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.
Language eng
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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