Comprehensive Review of the Papers Presented at the 7th International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network Conference
Objectives:Â Advance practice nurses are not currently prepared to understand the differences and similarities in educational preparation, scope of practice, and governing regulations from a global perspective.Â The purpose of this review was to develop themes and identify differences in practice from an international advance practice perspective.
Design: A comprehensive review was done of the abstracts submitted to the 7th International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Conference.
Data Sources: Abstracts presented at the 7th International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network Conference.
Review Methods:Â In order to conduct a comprehensive review of the abstracts, the 238 abstractsÂ were organized and placed in a table by type of research, clinical scope of practice, country of origin, and type of institutions represented. A meta-analysis was done of the abstracts to summarize, evaluate, and analyze common themes.
Results:Â Common themes in the abstracts emerged as, the use applied research, advanced practice professional regulation, and the educational preparation of nurse practitioners.
Conclusions:Â In an effort to meet the demands of patients, nurse practitioners are the ideal providers to provide quality, cost-effective care. They are specifically educated to manage acute and chronic illnesses and they can meet the demands of primary health care needs.Â This conference brought together leaders in nursing with a common goal of sharing research, experiences, and to help understand the complex healthcare interventions and polices that affect APN practice.
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