Blending Nursing Roles Essay by Research Group

Blending Nursing Roles
Examines the question of whether the roles of nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist should be blended.
# 27301 | 680 words | 3 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 02, 2003 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper reviews literature which looks at arguments for and against the idea of joining the role of nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. Arguments for suggest that the result would be an acute care clinician who integrates the clinical skills of the nurse practitioner with the systems knowledge, educational commitment and leadership abilities of the clinical nurse specialist. The paper shows that those against the idea argue that primary care practitioners play a critical role which would be diluted if blended with the other role. The paper shows that ultimately, the reasons for such a blending are more convincing than the reasons for not doing so.

From the Paper:

"Mick & Ackerman (2000) as well find that the two disciplines, while often blended, remain distinct at the same time, with a continuing differentiation between the two distinct practice roles. At the same time, the authors call for more emphasis on the blended roles in academia as a way of making the blended role work better. Until now, they note, the institutional value of the roles was depicted as consisting of educated technicians. There was no view that some would choose to move beyond the role of technician to scholar, but the advent of the blended role shows a broader acknowledgment of the influence of the medical model on all nursing roles."

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