Nurse practitioner standards : an Australian and New Zealand research collaboration

Gardner, Glen, Carryer, Jenny and Gardner, Anne 2005, Nurse practitioner standards : an Australian and New Zealand research collaboration, in INRC 2005 : The 2005 International Nursing Research Conference Program and Abstracts, Royal College of Nursing, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Title Nurse practitioner standards : an Australian and New Zealand research collaboration
Author(s) Gardner, Glen
Carryer, Jenny
Gardner, Anne
Conference name International Nursing Research Conference (2005 : Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Conference location Belfast, Northern Ireland
Conference dates 8-11 Mar. 2005
Title of proceedings INRC 2005 : The 2005 International Nursing Research Conference Program and Abstracts
Publication date 2005
Publisher Royal College of Nursing
Place of publication Belfast, Northern Ireland
Summary This paper will report the findings from research conducted in Australia and New Zealand to inform development of standards for nurse practitioner education and practice competencies. In New Zealand and Australia the nurse practitioner is a new and unique level of health-care provider. The shifting boundaries caused by health-care reform have created impetus and demand for development of new models of health-care, but have also created some uncertainty regarding nurse practitioner standards, education and models of care. The title, Nurse Practitioner, is now legislated in New Zealand and most jurisdictions in Australia but there is scant research to inform development of nurse practitioner standards. This research, sponsored by the Australian Nursing Council and the Nursing Council of New Zealand, was conducted to develop generic standards that could be applied for the education, authorisation and practice of nurse practitioners in both countries. The study involved collection and triangulation of data from a range of sources across Australia and New Zealand including: in-depth interviews with 15 nurse practitioners from different geographical and clinical contexts; curriculum survey of all nurse practitioner courses in the two countries and interview with convenors of these courses; collation of the authorisation/registration processes and policies from states and territories in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. These data were analysed within and across the data modalities to provide information on standards for nurse practitioner practice and education. Findings from the study included identification of the core role of the nurse practitioner as it is expressed in New Zealand and Australia and generic standards for nurse practitioner competencies, education and authorisation. These findings will standardise expectations, support mutual recognition of nurse practitioner authorisation across the two countries and make an important contribution to the current international debate on nurse practitioner standards and scope of practice.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category E3.1 Extract of paper
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