An evaluation of a community aged care nurse practitioner service

Jacqueline Allen, Anne Marie Fabri

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Abstract

Evaluation aims. An evaluation is presented that aimed to augment current understandings of the nurse practitioner role by investigating potential outcomes of a community aged care nurse practitioner (ACNP) service on clients and the health care team. Background. In Australia, the nurse practitioner role is being implemented in a variety of health care settings and is characterized by extended practice: prescribing of medications, requests for diagnostic investigations, referral to medical specialists and admitting clients to inpatient facilities. Design. An exploratory qualitative evaluation method through data collection by interview and thematic analysis was undertaken. Method. All clients referred to the ACNP service between June and August 2003, and a convenience sample of health professionals, were invited to participate in individual semi-structured interviews. Results. Findings suggested that an ACNP could provide a high quality of holistic nursing care and positively affect clients' physical and psychological symptom management, enhance clients' quality of life, assist with supplies, provide health education and assist with advocacy. Health professionals commented on effective collaboration with the ACNP service during their partnerships in client care provision. Conclusions. Overall, the positive effects of the ACNP service on clients and the health care team support the full implementation of the role within the community setting. Relevance to clinical practice. Funding support for the nurse practitioner role is a vital addition to consideration in the development of international policy on advanced practice nursing. Without adequate funding, the full benefits of the nurse practitioner role in clinical practice, as suggested by the findings presented in this evaluation, will be compromised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1202-1209
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Volume14
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Advanced nursing
  • Aged care
  • Community nursing
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Program evaluation
  • Quality of life

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