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The discursive practices of nurse practitioner legislation in Australia

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posted on 19.08.2019, 00:00 authored by Clare HarveyClare Harvey, A Driscoll, D Keyzer
Aim. The aim of this paper was to examine the nurse practitioner legislative framework in Australia from a critical social theory perspective. Background. National regulation for nurses and midwives has superseded all previous state legislation with effect from July 2010. The aim of this change was to streamline regulation processes across all health professionals requiring regulation, in order to eliminate diverse state-based regulatory policies that were identified as hindering transferability of the workforce across Australia. This paper explores the changes with reference to nurse practitioners. Since their introduction to Australia different legislative practices between states have presented difficult endorsement procedures which have affected employment. Data sources. Information for the paper is drawn from a doctoral study which examined the politics of advancing nursing in Australia, with particular reference to the discourses of nurse practitioners. This is augmented by more recent legislative documents and policies, as well as media reports, to examine the process of change in legislation and the unfolding discourses on employment and practice. Implications to nursing. Nurse practitioner endorsement may be more complicated, defeating the original premise of transferability of a skilled workforce across state jurisdictions. Conclusion. This paper exposes the influence that powerful discourses can have on a major change to professional practice. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

History

Volume

67

Issue

11

Start Page

2478

End Page

2487

Number of Pages

10

eISSN

1365-2648

ISSN

0309-2402

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, UK

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

05/02/2011

External Author Affiliations

Monash University; Flinders University of South Australia

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Advanced Nursing