A regional approach to the education of nurse practitioner candidates to meet the health needs of rural Australians

Francis, Karen, Boyd, Michael, Latham, Heather, Anderson, Judith, Bradley, Angela, and Manners, Jan (2014) A regional approach to the education of nurse practitioner candidates to meet the health needs of rural Australians. Contemporary Nurse, 49. pp. 27-34.

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Abstract

Abstract Background: Local health services expressed interest in supporting a nurse practitioner program specifically designed for rural practice environments.

Aim: To develop and deliver a generalist nurse practitioner program that prepares candidates for practice in rural contexts.

Methods: The Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program was designed with an understanding of the burden of disease impacting on rural Australians, application of the national health priorities, the Australian Government's refocus on preventative health care and rural health workforce shortages.

Results: This program offers nurses who work in rural and remote settings an opportunity to advance their careers. Increasing the numbers of rural nurse practitioners will improve rural populations access to healthcare and potentially improve health outcomes.

Conclusion: This program will equip those seeking endorsement as a nurse practitioner to effectively work in rural contexts.

Item ID: 47859
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1839-3535
Keywords: Australia; nurse practitioner; educational program; health care access; rural
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2017 00:31
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939907 Special Needs Education @ 100%
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