Nurse practitioners - or advanced clinical nurses?

Published on Apr 1, 2006in British journal of nursing
· DOI :10.12968/bjon.2006.15.7.20899
Thomas David Barton1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Swansea University)
This article reviews a specific finding from a research project that examined the experiences of students, teachers and clinicians involved in a nurse practitioner degree programme. The development of advanced clinical nursing roles has presented challenges to the professional structure of nursing, particularly in the area of the unregulated and confusing array of titles adopted by nurses that infer advanced clinical practice. Over a 2-year period, practitioner ethnography was used to examine a sample of 10 student nurse practitioners who were undertaking a clinical degree programme (BSc (Hons) Nurse Practitioner). Data were also collected from 11 other individuals involved in the degree programme: teachers, medical mentors and senior academics. The data were systematically analysed and structured, leading to the inductive identification of themes and frameworks. The sample's experience of the development of advanced clinical nursing roles led to consideration of the evolution of new career structures and...
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