In 1961, Heinlein described a "stranger" from another planet struggling to comprehend and integrats the cultural idiosyncracles of earthlings in his adopted land. One could compare that situation with what confronts acute-care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) as they embark into the practitioner’s world of acuta care. Rather Irian embrace the expensive and fragmented patient-care world through coIlaboration with its "strangers," ACNPs would benefit from clinging to elements of their own native nursing culture and become “nesters” rathet than "perchers" in the quest for improved health care.
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Advanced Practice| February 01 1997
Acute-Care Nurse Practitioners: ‘Strangers in a Strange Land’
Barbara J. Daly, RN, FAAN, PhD
From the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
Reprint requests to Barbara J. Daly, RN, FAAN, PhD, Associate Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1997) 8 (1): 93–100.
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Barbara J. Daly; Acute-Care Nurse Practitioners: ‘Strangers in a Strange Land’. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 1997; 8 (1): 93–100. doi:
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