The role of the acute care nurse practitioner is being implemented in acute and tertiary care settings. As the role evolves, questions arise. Some of these questions relate to: 1) whether a need for the role has been clearly established; 2) whether the scope of acute care nurse practitioner practice has been identified distinctly; 3) the adequacy of educational preparation; 4) certification versus licensure; and S) the nature of the relation between this role and other forms of advanced practice nursing. In this article, the authors identify and discuss some of these questions, provide information regarding current status, and postulate further potential resolutions
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Advanced Practice| May 01 1996
Current Questions With Regard to Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preparation and Role Implementation
Marilyn Hravnak, RN, MSN, CRNP, CCRN;
*From the University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Margaret Q. Rosenzweig, RN, MSN, CRNP;
AACN Adv Crit Care (1996) 7 (2): 289–299.
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Marilyn Hravnak, Margaret Q. Rosenzweig, Marie Baldisseri; Current Questions With Regard to Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preparation and Role Implementation. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1996; 7 (2): 289–299. doi:
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