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27 National Nursing Organizations Join Together to Commission a Study of the Impact of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses on Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Effectiveness
Date:9/24/2008

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Tri-Council for Nursing is collaborating with a number of national nursing organizations to commission a study of the impact Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) have on healthcare quality and patient outcomes. The first comprehensive study of its kind in 20 years, researchers will examine the evidence connected to care provided by nurses in the four APRN roles -- Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Following a competitive process, Robin Newhouse, Ph.D., RN, CNAA, BC, CNOR, with the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been selected as the principal investigator for this project. The trans-disciplinary team members (named below) are from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University.

"A sweeping review of the scientific literature on the quality, safety, and effectiveness of care provided by APRNs is needed to inform educational, policy, and organizational decisions," said Dr. Newhouse. "Our team will evaluate the evidence on the outcomes of care provided by APRNs since 1990 objectively, define the effectiveness and limitations of APRNs, and determine the overall strength of the evidence on this important topic. I am looking forward to working with my team to provide a qualitative and quantitative synthesis of the evidence."

Though APRNs have been linked to improved access to healthcare services, enhanced patient safety, and cost-effective care, a contemporary systematic review is needed to gauge the overall impact these providers are having in today's healthcare system. In 1987, the federal Office of Technology Assessment conducted a meta-analysis of the quality and safety of care delivered by nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, and certified nurse midwives. The overwhelming conclusion of that analysis was that these clinicians are highly skilled, knowledgeable, and effective providers of care. This study a
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