Nurse Practitioners taking the Lead

Jo Scott

Abstract:

Nursing has evolved since the 19th century, when Florence Nightingale shocked her affluent parents by embarking on a nursing career, and subsequently changing the landscape of healthcare with her forward-thinking approach to the impact of the environment on patient outcomes. The professional opportunities afforded nurses in the 21st century are inspiring and varied. One such career opportunity is that of the Nurse Practitioner (NP).  An advanced practice role requiring a masters education, advanced assessment and diagnostic skills whilst providing prescriptive authority specific to the Nurse Practitioners area of speciality.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) is a relatively new role within the Australian healthcare profession, with only 35 NNP’s endorsed nationwide. It is proving to be an integral role in the provision of safe, effective and quality care of neonates and their families.

Newborn retrieval is recognised as optimal career path for NNP’s and is broadly acknowledged as a much-needed leadership role in retrieval medicine.

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