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School of Nursing
College of Health
Nurse Practitioner workforce development in New Zealand: The connections between national strategy and local implementation.
New Zealand continues to experience an ongoing shortage of General Practitioners (GPs), inequities in healthcare, and an increasing burden of chronic diseases. Unfortunately, New Zealand continues to pursue doctor led services and initiatives at considerable cost with little benefit. Internationally, the Nurse Practitioner (NP) workforce has been successfully developed to serve the underserved, rural, marginalised populations by focusing on patient education, patient engagement and preventative healthcare. Studies show NPs achieve the same quality healthcare outcomes as GPs at a lower cost. NPs offer a transformational solution to health workforce issues. While New Zealand has educational, legislative and regulatory framework for the NP workforce development, there has been no national strategic plan to widely establish NP services across New Zealand communities. My research involves face-to-face modified Delphi process interviews with key informants/thought leaders within health sector to explore key points on awareness and understanding of health sector leadership regarding strategic policy development about the role of NPs and the gaps in knowledge. The output of my research will be to recommend changes and actions required for developing a strategic plan and specific policy/legislative/accountability requirements.
During my 20-plus year career as a Nurse Practitioner in the US, I have provided healthcare for undeserved populations such as rural Native Americans and indigent inner-city populations. Additionally, I cared for Peace Corps Volunteers as a Medical Officer in Tanzania. I taught nursing for many years at the University of Maryland, Marymount University and Frederick Community College. I was also the Clinical Director for The Headache Center in Maryland and was a Medical Science Liaison for Depomed, a US specialty pharmaceutical company. My hopes are my diverse experiences will offer insight into advancements for the NP profession.
Professor Jenny Carryer
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Last updated on Tuesday 04 April 2017