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Nurse practitioner work patterns: a cross-sectional study


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Lowe, G, Tori, K ORCID: 0000-0003-4026-6842, Jennings, N, Schiftan, D and Driscoll, A 2021 , 'Nurse practitioner work patterns: a cross-sectional study' , Nursing Open, vol. 8, no. 2 , pp. 966-974 , doi: 10.1002/nop2.705.

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Aim The aim was to determine how nurse practitioner (NP) roles are translated into clinical practice across Victoria, Australia. This paper reports details about NP work patterns and scopes of practice across multiple clinical settings and geographic locations. Design A quantitative survey design was used. A data abstraction tool, based on previous work, was adapted for this study. Methods All NPs in one state of Australia were eligible to participate in the study and invited to complete an online survey about their NP practice. A previously developed data collection tool, capturing practice patterns of NPs, was adapted for online use in REDCAP. The data were exported, and descriptive statistics were analysed using SPSS. Results Participants were mostly female, with males accounting for 25%. Findings indicate several NPs working in outpatient settings, community settings and forensic care. Patterns of practice—prescribing and ordering diagnostics—are associated with clinical context and model of care of the NP work.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lowe, G and Tori, K and Jennings, N and Schiftan, D and Driscoll, A
Keywords: nurse practitioners, clinical practice, diagnostic techniques and procedures, referral patterns, therapeutics
Journal or Publication Title: Nursing Open
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 2054-1058
DOI / ID Number: 10.1002/nop2.705
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© 2020 The Authors. Nursing Open published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) License, ( which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

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