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Evolution of practice nursing in Australia.
J Adv Nurs. 2006 Aug; 55(3):376-88; discussion 388-90.JA

Abstract

AIM

This paper describes the evolution of Australian practice nursing and documents seminal events in crystallizing the importance of the nursing role in general practice.

BACKGROUND

Internationally, the potential for nurses to improve health in primary care settings is acknowledged. The general practice setting is a focal point for primary care in many health systems. Despite the important role played in the delivery of primary health care by nurses working in general practice in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, the role of nurses in Australian general practice is much less clearly defined, as reflected by the paucity of research and scholarship in this area. Fuelled by the increasing challenges of workforce shortages and the increasing need for multidisciplinary care, interest in the developing role of the Australian practice nurse among clinicians, researchers and policy makers is increasing.

DISCUSSION

Australian practice nursing has reached a critical point in its evolution. It is imperative for the promotion of nursing in general practice that knowledge from descriptive, exploratory research be used to inform strategic decision-making in terms of professional development issues, policy, research and scholarship. These data also need to inform systematic outcome studies. To date, the embryonic nature of practice nursing as a discrete professional entity in Australia has inhibited its representation in nursing curricula and professional bodies.

CONCLUSION

In order to advance the Australian practice nurse movement and demonstrate its important contribution to primary health care, nurses need to take the lead in strategic planning of this emerging specialty. As well as leadership from an academic, research and policy perspective, clinical leaders need to be fostered among the ranks of practice nurse clinicians to drive clinical practice development and the delivery of evidence-based primary care.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Centre for Applied Nursing Research, Sydney South West Area Health Service and University of Western Sydney, Liverpool, Australia. elizabeth.halcomb@swsahs.nsw.gov.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16866832

Citation

Halcomb, Elizabeth J., et al. "Evolution of Practice Nursing in Australia." Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 55, no. 3, 2006, pp. 376-88; discussion 388-90.
Halcomb EJ, Patterson E, Davidson PM. Evolution of practice nursing in Australia. J Adv Nurs. 2006;55(3):376-88; discussion 388-90.
Halcomb, E. J., Patterson, E., & Davidson, P. M. (2006). Evolution of practice nursing in Australia. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 55(3), 376-88; discussion 388-90.
Halcomb EJ, Patterson E, Davidson PM. Evolution of Practice Nursing in Australia. J Adv Nurs. 2006;55(3):376-88; discussion 388-90. PubMed PMID: 16866832.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Evolution of practice nursing in Australia. AU - Halcomb,Elizabeth J, AU - Patterson,Elizabeth, AU - Davidson,Patricia M, PY - 2006/7/27/pubmed PY - 2007/1/11/medline PY - 2006/7/27/entrez SP - 376-88; discussion 388-90 JF - Journal of advanced nursing JO - J Adv Nurs VL - 55 IS - 3 N2 - AIM: This paper describes the evolution of Australian practice nursing and documents seminal events in crystallizing the importance of the nursing role in general practice. BACKGROUND: Internationally, the potential for nurses to improve health in primary care settings is acknowledged. The general practice setting is a focal point for primary care in many health systems. Despite the important role played in the delivery of primary health care by nurses working in general practice in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, the role of nurses in Australian general practice is much less clearly defined, as reflected by the paucity of research and scholarship in this area. Fuelled by the increasing challenges of workforce shortages and the increasing need for multidisciplinary care, interest in the developing role of the Australian practice nurse among clinicians, researchers and policy makers is increasing. DISCUSSION: Australian practice nursing has reached a critical point in its evolution. It is imperative for the promotion of nursing in general practice that knowledge from descriptive, exploratory research be used to inform strategic decision-making in terms of professional development issues, policy, research and scholarship. These data also need to inform systematic outcome studies. To date, the embryonic nature of practice nursing as a discrete professional entity in Australia has inhibited its representation in nursing curricula and professional bodies. CONCLUSION: In order to advance the Australian practice nurse movement and demonstrate its important contribution to primary health care, nurses need to take the lead in strategic planning of this emerging specialty. As well as leadership from an academic, research and policy perspective, clinical leaders need to be fostered among the ranks of practice nurse clinicians to drive clinical practice development and the delivery of evidence-based primary care. SN - 0309-2402 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16866832/Evolution_of_practice_nursing_in_Australia_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2006.03908_1.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -