Expanding the role of practice nurses in Australia

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Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Contemporary Nurse, 2012, 41 (1), pp. 133 - 140
Issue Date:
2012-04
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Like other countries, Australia is looking to reforms in the primary health care sector to meet the growing demand for care. Expansion of the role of practice nurses (PNs) is one way in which this demand may be met. To date the Federal Australian government has played a significant role in encouraging growth in the PN worforce. If the PNs tend to be GP directed, with little autonomy, care must be taken to consider whether to expand existing scopes of practice.
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