Barriers for a Nurse Practitioner to Practice in Long Term Care

3550 Words Jul 1st, 2012 15 Pages
Barriers that prevent Nurse Practitioners from practicing in Long Term Care Facilities
Nancy Marshall

A thesis presented to the School of Graduate Nursing
Mountain State University
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree
Master of Science in Nursing
2012

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Chapter 1
Introduction

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) play a key role in long term health care by ensuring provision of holistic healthcare services particularly in remote areas and in those areas that have few physicians. Currently, there is a concern where there is a shortage of physicians in nursing homes and in other critical health care services questioning the care being provided (Colwill, Cultice, & Kruse, 2008). Due to population growth
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In addition, GST is capable of providing definitions that can be put into quantitative analysis. Therefore, scientific research can be measured using numbers and variables in terms of various issues (Von Bertalanffy, 1969). In this regard, GST will be incorporated as the theoretical framework for the present study.
In the nursing profession, provision of services to patients in long term care facilities is important for the overall quality of services provided. Such nursing services are a result of many individual systems that are distinct from the environment in which it exists. Nursing services might involve health promotion, disease prevention, and medical management. However, it cannot be denied that there are barriers encountered among the systems by the nurse practitioner during the provision of long term care. Using the GST in this thesis, barriers can be identified by means of a quantitative analysis. For example, participants involved will be nurse practitioners employed at various healthcare settings in Southwest Virginia (SWVA), and they

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will receive questionnaires in order to determine their perceptions of barriers associated with the provision of care to residents living in long term care facilities. In this regard, GST as a theoretical framework can help determine the underlying barriers with regards to this thesis. Therefore, the General System Theory will provide the umbrella for analyzing and assessing the results of the…

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