Debra Thoms, Australian College of Nursing: Nurse Practitioners: Roles Into The Future
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Debra Thoms, CEO, Australian College of Nursing (ACN) delivered this presentation at the 2013 Developing the Role of the Nurse Practitioner conference. The event is designed for organisations and ...

Debra Thoms, CEO, Australian College of Nursing (ACN) delivered this presentation at the 2013 Developing the Role of the Nurse Practitioner conference. The event is designed for organisations and managers looking to better understand, utilise and grow the role of the nurse practitioner in their health service. For more information about the annual event, please visit the conference website: http://www.healthcareconferences.com.au/nursepractitionersconference

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Debra Thoms, Australian College of Nursing: Nurse Practitioners: Roles Into The Future Debra Thoms, Australian College of Nursing: Nurse Practitioners: Roles Into The Future Presentation Transcript

  • Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms Chief Executive Officer
  • SUMMARY • Who do we think a Nurse Practitioner is? • What is the current state of the NP role: issues and challenges? • What do we think a Nurse Practitioner will be in the future?
  • NURSE PRACTITIONERS • Registered Nurse • Completed study at a Masters Degree level • Extensive clinical training to expand upon the role of a Registered Nurse
  • NURSE PRACTITIONERS An NP is distinguished from an RN by: • The level of post-graduate education achieved • Extended practice experience and • Specific legislative power to practice at an extended scope
  • NURSE PRACTITIONERS Where are NPs found? Areas of greatest impact
  • • Slow growth • MBS and PBS
  • NURSE PRACTITIONER WORKFORCE Nurse Practitioners: endorsement by state/territory figures (2007 and 2012) NSW QLD WA VIC SA TAS NT ACT Not stated TOTAL Nov-12 211 201 140 103 70 20 10 30 3 788 Sep-12 204 195 135 99 70 20 10 30 2 765 Aug-12 189 188 129 98 69 20 11 30 2 736 95 15 46 26 24 0 0 13 As at June 07 219
  • ISSUES AND CHALLENGES At the heart of nursing philosophy and practice is collaborative care
  • ISSUES AND CHALLENGES Relationship with medical profession
  • ISSUES AND CHALLENGES Focus on systems not individuals
  • ISSUES AND CHALLENGES Measure Evaluate Report
  • INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE • United States and United Kingdom • Research findings support the positive impact of the role
  • Enabling access to care
  • ISSUES AND CHALLENGES • Funding • Scope of MBS items • Sound policy and financial investment
  • RURAL AND REMOTE
  • AGED CARE
  • ACUTE CARE
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END?
  • • 2043 health system landscape • NPs play a significant role in meeting service gaps
  • Nurse Practitioners playing a significant role in providing essential heath care to the community
  • How do we achieve this? • Service models • NP models are supported • Clear career pathways