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Nurse practitioner work patterns: a cross-sectional study


Lowe, G and Tori, K and Jennings, N and Schiftan, D and Driscoll, A, Nurse practitioner work patterns: a cross-sectional study, Nursing Open, 8, (2) pp. 966-974. ISSN 2054-1058 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/nop2.705



The aim was to determine how nurse practitioner (NP) roles are translated into clinical practice across Victoria, Australia. This paper reports details about NP work patterns and scopes of practice across multiple clinical settings and geographic locations.


A quantitative survey design was used. A data abstraction tool, based on previous work, was adapted for this study.


All NPs in one state of Australia were eligible to participate in the study and invited to complete an online survey about their NP practice. A previously developed data collection tool, capturing practice patterns of NPs, was adapted for online use in REDCAP. The data were exported, and descriptive statistics were analysed using SPSS.


Participants were mostly female, with males accounting for 25%. Findings indicate several NPs working in outpatient settings, community settings and forensic care. Patterns of practice—prescribing and ordering diagnostics—are associated with clinical context and model of care of the NP work.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nurse practitioners, clinical practice, diagnostic techniques and procedures, referral patterns, therapeutics
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Tori, K (Associate Professor Kathleen Tori)
ID Code:142855
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-02-12
Last Modified:2021-02-15

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