Mental health nurse practitioner: Expanded or advanced?

Authors

  • Stephen Elsom,

    1. Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice, School of Nursing, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
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    • Stephen Elsom, PhD candidate.

  • Brenda Happell,

    Corresponding author
    1. Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice, School of Nursing, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
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    • Brenda Happell, RN, Cert Psych Nurs, BA (Hons), Dip Ed., B Ed., M Ed., PhD.

  • Elizabeth Manias

    1. Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice, School of Nursing, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
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    • Elizabeth M.anias, RN, Cert Crit Care, B Pharm, M Pharm, M Nurs Stud, PhD.


Brenda Happell, Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice, School of Nursing, University of Melbourne, Level 1, 723 Swanston Street, Carlton, Vic. 3010, Australia. Email: bhappell@unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

ABSTRACT:  The role of the nurse practitioner has been described as the apex of nursing practice. Such a statement has significant implications for the professional status of nursing in its own right. The aim of this paper is to discuss the nature of the nurse practitioner role in Australia and the importance of distinguishing between advanced and expanded practice. Evaluations of the nurse practitioner role suggest that specifically nursing contributions lead to a high level of consumer satisfaction. If nursing in general, and mental health nursing in particular, is to maintain and further develop their professional status, debate about the implications of the nurse practitioner role, and the terminology used to describe its scope, is crucial.

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