An integrated literature review of the role of the nurse practitioner in the emergency department
Eden, Sheryl M
The nurse practitioner is one of the newest nursing health care professionals to be introduced to the New Zealand health system for many years. Eighty-six nurse practitioners are credentialed in New Zealand, with three working in urban Emergency Department settings. Nurse Practitioners are common internationally especially in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. The purpose of this integrated literature review is to explore current research and literature in regards to the Emergency Department Nurse Practitioner, and their role within emergency settings. This review presents the growth and development of the nurse practitioner as an advanced practice nursing position. Four key themes emerge from the literature rev1ew; education of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner, how and who defined the Emergency Nurse Practitioner role, practice setting of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner, and what the barriers are to independent practice. The economic, legal and governance aspects of the Nurse Practitioner role are also portrayed. This integrated review documents the potential for further development and expansion of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner scope of practice to provide a broad range of patient care services within Emergency Departments, and emergency care settings. Future research is essential for the promotion of autonomous practice of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner within the international and New Zealand health care system.
Advisor: Maybee, Patricia
Degree Name: Master of Health Sciences
Degree Discipline: Postgraduate Nursing Studies Department, Christchurch School of Medicine
Publisher: University of Otago
Research Type: Dissertation
A dissertation in partial fulfilment of Master [of] Health Sciences (Clinical) through [the] University of Otago, [Dunedin, New Zealand]. Description: v, 115 leaves : forms ; 30 cm. Notes: "January 2011." Thesis (MHealSc)--University of Otago, 2011. Includes bibliographical references.