Nurse practitioner preparation: is it time to move beyond masters level entry in Australia?
Tuaoi, L-A, Cashin, A, Hutchinson, M & Graham, IW 2011, 'Nurse practitioner preparation: is it time to move beyond masters level entry in Australia?', Nurse Education Today, vol. 31, no. 8, pp. 738-742.
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Nurse Practitioner education in Australia currently requires a post graduate qualification at masters level for endorsement by national registration bodies and entry into practice. This paper reviews the evidence and debate in America that saw the education of Nurse Practitioners advance to the doctoral level in 2004. Consideration will then be given to the similarities between the American and Australian context, in order to open the debate about whether it is timely for Australian universities to consider the need to advance Australia Nurse Practitioner education to the Doctor of Nursing Practice.