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Nurse practitioner guidelines updated

A new edition of guidelines for nurse practitioners has been published by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

First issued in 2006, the updated AACN “Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice” describe and measure the expected level of practice and professional performance for acute care nurse practitioners.

The 2012 edition incorporates advances in scientific knowledge, clinical practice, technology and other changes in the dynamic healthcare environment.

AACN clinical practice specialist Linda Bell said: “The role of acute care nurse practitioners continues to expand as more hospitals and healthcare organisations discover the value of having ACNPs on staff.

“Their work environment often extends beyond traditional acute and critical care settings. The new edition addresses the full scope of ACNP practice, including those whose education and training prepare them to care for children with acute and critical illnesses.”

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