Author: Kilpatrick, K.


Praxis and the Role Development of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Praxis and the role development of the acute care nurse practitioner Acute care nurse practitioner roles have been introduced in many countries. The acute care nurse practitioner provides nursing and medical care to meet the complex needs of patients and their families using a holistic, health-centred approach. There are many pressures to adopt a performance […]

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How do Nurse Practitioners in Acute Care affect Perceptions of Team Effectiveness?

Aims and objectives: To describe how acute care nurse practitioners affect perceptions of team effectiveness. Background: Acute care nurse practitioners provide safe and effective care to patients. There is limited evidence of the effects of acute care nurse practitioner roles on healthcare teams, and many of the findings are contradictory. Research is lacking to describe […]

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Conceptual Framework of Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Role Enactment, Boundary Work, and Perceptions of Team Effectiveness

Acute care nurse practitioners contribute positively to patient care by enacting an expanded scope of practise. Researchers have found both positive and negative reactions to the introduction of acute care nurse practitioners in healthcare teams. The process of role enactment, shifting role boundaries, and perceptions of team effectiveness has been studied disparately. A framework linking […]

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How are Acute Care Nurse Practitioners Enacting their Roles in Healthcare Teams? A Descriptive Multiple-Case Study.

In many countries, acute care nurse practitioners contribute to patient care through an expanded scope of practice that includes nursing and medical activities. There have been calls across nations to establish better understanding of how nurse practitioners enact their roles in healthcare teams. The 2006 introduction of cardiology nurse practitioners in Quebec, Canada provides an […]

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Utilization of Nurse Practitioners to Increase Patient Access to Primary Healthcare in Canada–Thinking Outside the Box

In the past decade, all Canadian provinces and territories have launched various team-based primary healthcare initiatives designed to improve access and continuity of care. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are increasingly becoming integral members of primary healthcare teams across the country. This paper draws on the results of a scoping review of the literature and qualitative key […]

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Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners: Title Confusion and Lack of Role Clarity

Title confusion and lack of role clarity pose barriers to the integration of advanced practice nursing roles (i.e., clinical nurse specialist [CNS] and nurse practitioner [NP]). Lack of awareness and understanding about NP and CNS roles among the healthcare team and the public contributes to ambiguous role expectations, confusion about NP and CNS scopes of […]

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The Clinical Nurse Specialist Role in Canada

The clinical nurse specialist (CNS) provides an important clinical leadership role for the nursing profession and broader healthcare system; yet the prominence and deployment of this role have fluctuated in Canada over the past 40 years. This paper draws on the results of a decision support synthesis examining advanced practice nursing roles in Canada. The […]

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