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The Acute-Care Nurse Practitioner: A Transformational Journey

The Acute-Care Nurse Practitioner: A Transformational Journey (Paperback)

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From the moment it was first proposed, the role of the nurse

practitioner has been steeped in controversy. In the fields of both

nursing and medicine, the idea that a nurse practitioner can, to some

degree, serve as a replacement for the physician has sparked heated

debates. Perhaps for that reason, despite the progress of the nurse

practitioner movement, NPs have been reluctant to speak about

themselves and their work, and their own vision of their role has thus

remained largely invisible. Current research is dominated by

instrumental and economic modes of discourse and tends to focus on the

clinical activities associated with the role. Although information

about demographics, educational preparation, position titles, reporting

relationships, and costs of care contribute to our understanding, what

was missing was an exploration of the lived experience of the nurse

practitioner, as a means to deepen that understanding as well as our

appreciation for their role.

The Acute-Care Nurse Practitioner is based on in-depth

interviews with twenty-six nurse practitioners working in acute-care

settings within tertiary-care institutions all across Canada. Employing

a hermeneutic approach, Rashotte explores the perspectives from which

NPs view their reality as they undergo a transformational journey of

becoming-a journey that is directed both outward, into the world,

and inward, into the self. We learn how, in their struggle to engage in

a meaningful practice that fulfills their goals as nurses, their

purpose was hindered or achieved. In large part, the story unfolds in

the voices of the NPs themselves, but their words are complemented by

descriptive passages and excerpts of poetry that construct an animated

and powerful commentary on their journey. Poised between two worlds,

NPs make a significant contribution to the work of their colleagues and

to the care of patients and families. The Acute-Care Nurse

Practitioner offers an experiential alternative to conventional

discourse surrounding this health care provider's role.

Medical & VeterinaryNursing & ancillary servicesNursingNurse/patient relationshipMedical & VeterinaryNursing & ancillary servicesNursingNursing specialties Publisher: AU Press Publication Date: 01/12/2012 ISBN-13: 9781927356265  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Judy Rashotte is director of nursing research at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa and an adjunct professor with the School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Writing in international journals and engaging in research that expresses her passion for nursing, she draws on the eclectic nature of her nursing career as a clinician, educator, and manager to reveal the hidden complexities of nursing practice.

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