Development of the Nurse Practitioner Standards for Practice Australia
Cashin, A, Buckley, T, Donoghue, J, Heartfield, M, Bryce, J, Cox, D, Waters, D, Gosby, H, Kelly, J, Dunn, SV 2015, 'Development of the Nurse Practitioner Standards for Practice Australia', Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, vol. 16, no. 1-2, pp. 27-37.
This article describes the context and development of the new Nurse Practitioner Standards for Practice in Australia, which went into effect in January 2014. The researchers used a mixed-methods design to engage a broad range of stakeholders who brought both political and practice knowledge to the development of the new standards. Methods included interviews, focus groups, surveys, and work-based observation of nurse practitioner practice. Stakeholders varied in terms of their need for detail in the standards. Nonetheless, they invariably agreed that the standards should be clinically focussed attributes. The pillars common in many advanced practice nursing standards, such as practice, research, education, and leadership, were combined and expressed in a new and unique clinical attribute.