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J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2009 Jul;21(7):384-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2009.00415.x.

Advanced practice nursing: A principle-based concept analysis.

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

To analyze and clarify the conceptual basis of advanced practice nursing to determine the state of the knowledge from the perspective of four overarching principles derived from the philosophy of science: epistemological, pragmatic, linguistic, and logical.

DATA SOURCES:

Written discourse regarding advanced practice nursing from refereed journals published between 2000 and 2007.

CONCLUSIONS:

Conceptualization of a core definition of advanced practice nursing will enhance external legitimacy and recognition; understanding advanced practice nurse (APN) roles, sub-roles, and competencies will enhance internal cohesion. The outcome of this concept analysis is a greater understanding of the conceptual basis of advanced practice nursing and a current best estimate of the probable truth surrounding advanced practice nursing.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE:

A greater understanding of the conceptual basis of advanced practice nursing will help to gain clarity, internal cohesion, external legitimacy, and acceptance of APN roles by society and other healthcare professions.

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