Nurse practitioner roles in Australian healthcare settings
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Nurse practitioner roles in Australian healthcare settings

Grainne Lowe Sessional lecturer, Monash University, Frankston, Victoria, Australia
Virginia Plummer Senior lecturer, Monash University, Frankston, Victoria, Australia
Leanne Boyd Director of education and staff development, Cabrini Health, Malvern, Victoria, Australia

Grainne Lowe and colleagues report on a study to explore how clinicians, managers and policymakers perceive nurse practitioner roles and to elicit their views on barriers to their introduction

There is evidence of support for nurse practitioner (NP) roles in national and international literature. However, despite this, and numerous Australian government feasibility and evaluation studies, barriers to implementing NP roles in mainstream health care and developing them to their full potential remain. A study was undertaken to explore nurse practitioners’, managers’ and nurse policymakers’ perceptions of the roles in general, and this article reports on the findings from the initial survey phase. The article also discusses barriers to full integration and development of NPs.

Nursing Management. 20, 2, 28-35. doi: 10.7748/nm2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Accepted: 25 March 2013

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