Advanced nursing practice: new ideas and new perspectives

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  • Frances Sutton RN RPN DipT(NsEd) BEd MEdAdmm FRCNA,

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    1. Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing University of South Australia, Salisbury East, South Australia, Australia
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  • Colleen Smith RN BEd MEd

    1. Lecturer Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, University of South Australia, Salisbury East, South Australia, Australia
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Frances Sutton Associate Professor Faculty of Nursing University of South Australia Smith Road Salisbury East, South Australia 5109, Australia

Abstract

The authors of this paper contend that advanced nursing practice differs substantially from other forms of nursing practice, such as expert and specialist practice Additionally, they contend that the difference resides in the way that advanced nurse practitioners think about, see and experience clinical practice Historically, nursing in Australia has been strongly influenced by events and ideas generated in North America The authors argue this has led to the development of an emphasis on the nature, role and function of specialist and expert nursing practice to the detriment of ascertaining and fostering the notion and nature of advanced nursing practice This influence of North American nursing has also significantly directed and influenced the way in which we use and understand the term ‘advanced nursing practice’, and further, that the way in which we use the term does not give full regard to the context of Australian nursing The authors outline some of the key issues and ideas emerging in South Australia with respect to advanced nursing practice and in particular offer beginning theonzations into the different ways in which advanced nurse practitioners think, see and experience nursing practice

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