EMERGENCE AND FUTURE PROJECTION FOR THE ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) is the newest Advanced Practice Nurse with advanced clinical education and experience in acute and critical care. The ACNP uses a collaborative practice model to provide direct services to acutely and critically ill adult patients in a variety of settings. There are approximately 21,000 Nurse Practitioners in the United States with 8% working in the acute care setting. The literature was reviewed to examine historical evolution and assess if the role has resulted in favorable cost and quality outcomes, future employment potential and autonomy. The role has not been without controversy, however early research finding suggest that ACNPs make a substantial impact on quality and cost of health care. Legislation has been favorable, diminishing previous limitations and swinging the door of opportunity wide for further development and autonomy in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Role.
Degree ProgramGraduate College