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J Trauma Nurs. 2014 Nov-Dec;21(6):266-71. doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000083.

Acute care nurse practitioners in trauma care: results of a role survey and implications for the future of health care delivery.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.


The role of acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) in trauma care has evolved over time. A survey was performed with the aim of describing the role across the United States. There were 68 respondents who depicted the typical trauma ACNP as being a 42-year-old woman who works full-time at a level I American College of Surgeons verified trauma center. Trauma ACNPs typically practice with 80% of their time for clinical care and are based on a trauma and acute care surgery service. They are acute care certified and hold several advanced certifications to supplement their nursing license.

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