Perioperative nurse practitioners (NP) - the first two perioperative NPs are authorised in NSW

Cambridge Publishing
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ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative Nursing, 2010, 23 (4), pp. 6 - 10
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This paper explores the development and subsequent authorisation of the first two perioperative nurse practitioners in NSW. It locates their experiences within the wider debate concerning the evolution of advanced nursing practice and roles, both in Austwlia and globally. However, the focus is on the role of nurse practitioners (NPs). The need for a collaborative, systematic and evidcnce~bascd process to develop periopcrarive NPs (like others), the lack of clarity about the terminology associated with advanced perioperat"ive nursing practice, and the role confusion evident in the literature, was rnirrored in the experiences of the two Sydney~based perioperative NPs. Their still~evolving role, associated activities and future directions are described here in derail. The external factors which contributed to NP role.development are also addressed.
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