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A look at the role of nurse practitioners acting as hospitalists.
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This paper discusses the emerging role of the nurse practitioner acting as hospitalist, or managing the care of hospitalized patients. First, the paper explains why this new role is necessary and appropriate for a nurse practitioner. Then, it explains how acute care nurse practitioners fit into this model, especially as hospital resources become more limited. Next, the paper describes the certification necessary to be a hospitalist. Finally, the paper lists the levels of responsibility for the nurse practitioner acting as hospitalist, particularly as leader of the patient management team. The paper concludes by noting the important role of the nurse practitioner as hospitalist, and the qualities she must possess to be effective.


Historical Aspects
Ramifications of Nursing Power

From the Paper:

"The term Hospitalist was first introduced in 1996 by R.M. Wachter and L. Goldman in order to describe physicians who devote much of their professional time and focus to the care of patients in the hospital. The Hospitalist model has grown as a result of the role of managed care organizations, the increasing complexity of inpatient care, and the pressures of busy outpatient practices. Many hospitals have Hospitalist Teams which are made up of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The team's job is to take care for a patient who is in the hospital and while allowing the primary care provider to focus on out-patient care. While there has been some disapproval of this role from both health care providers and consumers, it was born out of necessity and seems to support quality of care for those patients who are referred to the team. Studies have found that care of the patient by the team provides quality care for the patient and patient outcomes have improved since instituting this role in the hospital setting..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ford, Jennifer. (2009). NP Hospitalists. Retrieved March 6, 2010, from Nurse Practitioners Web site: http://nurse-
  • Jerrard, Jane. (2009). Beware Office Politics. Retrieved March 6, 2010, from The Hospitalist Web site: http://www.the-
  • Logan, Paul.(1999). The acute care nurse practitioner as hospitalist. Retrieved March 6, 2010, from bNet Web site:;c ol1
  • Sullivan, Linda. (2008). New Role for Nurse Practitioners - The Hospitalist. Retrieved March 6, 2010, from Stu Nurse Web site: practitioners-hospitalist

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