The discursive practices of nurse practitioner legislation in Australia

Harvey, Clare, Driscoll, Andrea and Keyzer, Dirk 2011, The discursive practices of nurse practitioner legislation in Australia, Journal of advanced nursing, vol. 67, no. 11, pp. 2478-2487, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05650.x.

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Title The discursive practices of nurse practitioner legislation in Australia
Author(s) Harvey, Clare
Driscoll, AndreaORCID iD for Driscoll, Andrea
Keyzer, Dirk
Journal name Journal of advanced nursing
Volume number 67
Issue number 11
Start page 2478
End page 2487
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-11
ISSN 0309-2402
Keyword(s) critical social theory
nurse practitioner
nursing legislation
nursing policy
Summary Aim.  The aim of this paper was to examine the nurse practitioner legislative framework in Australia from a critical social theory perspective. Background.  National regulation for nurses and midwives has superseded all previous state legislation with effect from July 2010. The aim of this change was to streamline regulation processes across all health professionals requiring regulation, in order to eliminate diverse state-based regulatory policies that were identified as hindering transferability of the workforce across Australia. This paper explores the changes with reference to nurse practitioners. Since their introduction to Australia different legislative practices between states have presented difficult endorsement procedures which have affected employment. Data sources.  Information for the paper is drawn from a doctoral study which examined the politics of advancing nursing in Australia, with particular reference to the discourses of nurse practitioners. This is augmented by more recent legislative documents and policies, as well as media reports, to examine the process of change in legislation and the unfolding discourses on employment and practice. Implications to nursing.  Nurse practitioner endorsement may be more complicated, defeating the original premise of transferability of a skilled workforce across state jurisdictions. Conclusion.  This paper exposes the influence that powerful discourses can have on a major change to professional practice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05650.x
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Wiley
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