Developing the Role of Nurse Practitioner Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of the role and benefits of the nurse practitioner.
# 149932 | 1,120 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 12, 2012 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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The paper discusses the reasons for developing and enhancing the role of the nurse practitioner and defines the advanced practice of nursing. The paper looks at the skills and abilities of the advanced practice nurse practitioner and the issues and benefits associated with this position. The paper concludes that through proper training and education, the nurse practitioner is able to perform a critical and valuable service in the field of health care.

Reasons for Developing the Role of Nurse Practitioner
Defining the Advanced Practice of Nursing
Skills and Abilities of Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner
Current Issues & Benefits of Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Role
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Reasons for developing the role of Nurse Practitioner include the reasons as follows: (1) To support the need for a better career structure for senior nurses in clinical practice; (2) To legitimize the work that many nurses have been doing in the clinical area without recognition; (3) To improve client outcomes through improved access to service; and (4) To allow autonomous practice within a collaborative multidisciplinary team, rather than to encourage 'independent' nurse practitioner business. (Eastern Health Organization, nd). It is reported by Jones (2004) in the work entitled: "Nurse Prescribing that as the role of the nurse practitioner became established and successful the federal government saw that preparing nurse practitioners to alleviate the shortages of medical providers in primary care...would be more cost-effective than preparing physicians and would provide primary care to patients in a more efficient manner." (Jones, 2004, p.293) The National Council of State Boards of Nursing states that the demand for the practice in rules which are advanced with autonomy at greater levels. Therefore, members boards are stated to identified regulation of advanced nursing practice as being that which presents "some of the most critical challenges that the Boards of Nursing face when considering responsibilities of personal protection and developments which affect regulation. Stated is that the "evolution of nursing practice has produced an increasing body of knowledge as well as multiple levels of nursing practice." (National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc, 1993) In response regulatory systems have been developed for authorization of advanced practice of nurses as well as providing guidelines and requirements for professional certification."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Jones, Mark (2004) Nurse Prescribing: Politics to Practice. Elsevier Health Sciences 2004.
  • McMillan, Margaret (2007) Nurse Prescribing: Adding Value to the Consumer Experience. Aust Prescr 2007;30:2-3). Online available at:
  • Reel, SJ and Abraham, IL (2006) Business and Legal Essentials for Nurse Practitioners: From Negotiating Your First Job Through Owning a Practice. Elsevier Health Sciences. 2006.
  • Regulation of Advanced Nursing Practice NCSBN Position Paper (1993) National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. Chicago Illinois, Online available at:
  • What is a Nurse Practitioner (nd) Eastern Health Organization. Online available at:

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