The Medical Benefits Of Nurse Practitioners

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Over the period of time nurse practitioners are being legally allowed to prescribe medication around the world (Kroezen, Dijk, Groenewegen, & Francke, 2011). In the USA, Canada and the UK, nurses’ role in advance practice has been recognised 50 years ago (Hughes, 2010). In Australia however, nurses and midwives have given access to the Medical Benefits Scheme since November 2010 (Hughes, 2010). The move started in 1990 in Australia however, the first appointment took 11 years and a nurse practitioner was appointed in rural New South Wales in 2001 (Hughes, 2010).
The advance clinical role of nurse practitioners is substantial to address the challenging issues of Australian healthcare system in terms of workforce shortages, increasing burden of diseases and deteriorating funding sources (Hughes, 2010). Hughes (2010) argues that Australian Federal and State health reform agencies have verified that nurse professionals deliver efficient, safe and effective care in the community and also there is a plethora of information available that confirms their valuable contribution in the community. On the other hand, research shows that nurse practitioners experience barriers and limitations and are unable to perform their duties under their defined capacity, in other words they were being underutilized.
It is expected that the changes in legislation to the nurse practitioners’ role will address the challenging issues faced by healthcare system in Australia in terms…
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