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Statewide Mapping of Nurse Practitioner Models of Practice Throughout Victoria

Published:October 08, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2022.09.004

      Highlights

      • The nurse practitioner workforce is increasing and yet there is limited information about the evolving diversity in models of care.
      • This study provides a statewide view of gaps in service provision for nurse practitioners.
      • It identifies several priority areas for workforce planning where there is inequity in access to a nurse practitioner service.

      Abstract

      As nurse practitioner (NP) numbers increase, diversity and location of practice varies. This exploratory, prospective, observational, cross-sectional multicenter study was conducted to determine diversity and location of NPs in Victoria, Australia. An online survey about NP workplace and models was sent to 339 NPs throughout Victoria. Forty health services employed ≥1 NPs. Of those working in hospital settings, most were inpatient settings in a metropolitan hospital. Most NPs had a prescriber number, and less than half had a Medicare provider number. We identified heterogeneity in NP models with gaps in service provision in community and mental health.

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      Biography

      Andrea Driscoll, PhD, NP, is a Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Centre for Quality and Patient Safety, Deakin University, Burwood Victoria, Australia, and can be contacted at [email protected] .

      Biography

      Kathleen Tori, PhD, NP, is a Professor of Nursing, Torrens University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

      Biography

      Natasha Jennings, PhD, NP, Emergency and Trauma Center, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

      Biography

      Dan Schiftan, RN, currently unaffiliated.

      Biography

      Grainne Lowe, PhD, NP, Federation University, Berwick, Victoria, Australia.