Proposed Future Role for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the Air Force
MARYLAND UNIV BALTIMORE
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The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner ACNP is a masters prepared, advanced practice nurse that can fill a vital role in Air Force acute care and medical readiness settings. Civilian health care facilities value and capitalize on the contributions of ACNPs, especially in times of cost containment and decreasing resident hours. Despite thriving civilian ACNP practice, to date, the ACNP has not been introduced into military healthcare. ACNPs possess advanced knowledge in assessment, clinical decision-making, and patient management, adding an invaluable and clinically strong member to the Air Force healthcare team. Perhaps it may be the title of Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and unfamiliarity with the role that causes apprehension. This article describes how these experienced nurses will contribute towards excellence in patient care, staff development, nursing recruitment and retention, and support the medical readiness mission of the Air Force Medical Service.
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