Advanced practice nursing: A concept analysis
Article first published online: 12 APR 2013
© 2013 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
International Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume 19, Issue 2, pages 131–140, April 2013
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International Journal of Nursing Practice 2013; 19: 131–140 Advanced practice nursing: A concept analysis, , , .
- Issue published online: 12 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 12 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: MAY 2012
- advanced practice nurse;
- clinical nurse specialist;
- concept analysis;
- nurse practitioner
A variety of terms are used to describe advanced practice nursing roles internationally. This has resulted in confusion in terminology around these roles. The aim of this concept analysis was to clarify what is meant by advanced practice nursing internationally, what attributes signify advanced practice nursing and what are its antecedents, consequences, references and related terms. Rodgers's evolutionary method of concept analysis was used. Data sources included Medline, CINAHL, Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA), Cochrane Library, Science Direct, SCOPUS, Web of Science, Dissertation Abstracts and DARE as well as relevant nursing texts and professional organization websites. The analysis reveals that there are many different articulations of the advanced practice nursing role outlined in the literature. This variety in terminology hinders developments in advanced practice nursing roles. Consensus on advanced practice nursing definitions, terminology, educational requirements and regulatory approaches is integral to the implementation of the advanced practice nursing role internationally.