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Advanced practice nursing: A principle-based concept analysis

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  • Jennifer Ruel DNP, FNP-BC,

    Family Nurse Practitioner, Corresponding author
    1. Macomb, Michigan
      Jennifer Ruel, DNP, FNP-BC, 18969 Alsie Drive, Macomb, MI 48044.
      Tel: 586-228-0919;
      Fax: 586-531-3954;
      E-mail: jenfnp@sbcglobal.net
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  • Carrie Motyka PhD, APRN-BC

    Assistant Professor
    1. Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
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Jennifer Ruel, DNP, FNP-BC, 18969 Alsie Drive, Macomb, MI 48044.
Tel: 586-228-0919;
Fax: 586-531-3954;
E-mail: jenfnp@sbcglobal.net

Abstract

Purpose: To analyze and clarify the conceptual basis of advanced practice nursing to determine the state of the knowledge from the perspective of four overarching principles derived from the philosophy of science: epistemological, pragmatic, linguistic, and logical.

Data sources: Written discourse regarding advanced practice nursing from refereed journals published between 2000 and 2007.

Conclusions: Conceptualization of a core definition of advanced practice nursing will enhance external legitimacy and recognition; understanding advanced practice nurse (APN) roles, sub-roles, and competencies will enhance internal cohesion. The outcome of this concept analysis is a greater understanding of the conceptual basis of advanced practice nursing and a current best estimate of the probable truth surrounding advanced practice nursing.

Implications for practice: A greater understanding of the conceptual basis of advanced practice nursing will help to gain clarity, internal cohesion, external legitimacy, and acceptance of APN roles by society and other healthcare professions.

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