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Keywords

Advanced pediatric nursing, education, nurse education

 

Authors

  1. Wurtz, Gitte M. F. MSc, RN

Abstract

Introduction: Advanced pediatric nurse practitioners (APNPs) working in acute settings are represented in pediatric hospitals, clinics, and wards around the world. They work independently and autonomously. The aim of this study was to compare the role of APNPs in four different countries to gain knowledge on the qualifications and experience of the practitioners and their impact on pediatric patients and families.

 

Method: A qualitative design with semistructured keyinformant interviews with four nurses from Sweden, Norway, England, and the United States was conducted. Analyses were performed using thematic analysis.

 

Results: Three themes were identified: 1) Qualification and Competencies, illustrated parallels within the four educations and daily practice. 2) Responsibility and Autonomy, highlighted differences. The informants experienced a mutual understanding of the concepts of advanced practice. Interprofessional collaboration with aphysician was crucial to ensure best practice. 3) Holistic Nurse Perspective highlighted the importance of APNPs having competencies to make holistic and family-centered decisions at a higher level.

 

Conclusion: From the perspective of four APNPs, advanced pediatric nursing practice is beneficial to the patient, family, and professionals. The formal education varies in the countries studied, but the basic tenets of practice are the same. Family-centered practice and holism are basic to the APNP role.