The journey from nurse to advanced nurse practitioner: applying concepts of role-transitioning

KERR, Lisa and MACASKILL, Ann (2020). The journey from nurse to advanced nurse practitioner: applying concepts of role-transitioning. British journal of nursing, 29 (10), 561-565.

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The advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) role was established in Ireland in 2001 and represents an important nursing role development within Irish healthcare. Currently there are 336 ANPs registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, working across 40 specialties. This number is increasing exponentially in response to emerging and anticipated future service needs and population demand projecting to a critical mass of 750 by 2021. Health service provision is enhanced by advanced practice performance outcomes. This article explores nurse to advanced nurse practitioner transitional journeys, a concept that has not previously been researched in depth from an Irish perspective. The theories of Benner, Woods, and Bourdieu are reviewed to explore whether an advance practice career trajectory results in unique nurse-to-ANP role transitioning. Contextualising possible personal, professional and educational transitions may enable the promotion of effective career ‘scaffolding’ to enhance a smooth transition for aspiring ANPs into advanced nursing practice roles.

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Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in the British Journal Of Nursing, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing
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Page Range: 561-565
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 11:17
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 19:46

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