Competency and capability: imperative for nurse practitioner education.

Gardner, Glenn, Dunn, Sandra, Carryer, Jenny, and Gardner, Anne (2006) Competency and capability: imperative for nurse practitioner education. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 24 (1). pp. 8-14.

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The objective of this study was to conduct research to inform the development of standards for nurse practitioner education in Australia and New Zealand and to contribute to the international debate on nurse practitioner practice.


The research was conducted in all states of Australia where the nurse practitioner is authorised and in New Zealand.


The research was informed by multiple data sources including nurse practitioner program curricula documents from all relevant universities in Australia and New Zealand, interviews with academic convenors of these programs and interviews with nurse practitioners.

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Findings from this research include support for master's level of education as preparation for the nurse practitioner. These programs need to have a strong clinical learning component and in-depth education for the sciences of specialty practice. Additionally an important aspect of education for the nurse practitioner is the centrality of student directed and flexible learning models. This approach is well supported by the literature on capability.


There is agreement in the literature about the lack of consistent standards in nurse practitioner practice, education and nomenclature. The findings from this research contribute to the international debate in this area and bring research informed standards to nurse practitioner education in Australia and New Zealand.

Item ID: 10391
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-4328
Keywords: nurse practitioner education; competencies; capability; advanced practice nurse education
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2010 00:31
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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