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Clinical decision-making is the process nurses use to gather information, evaluate it and make a judgment that results in the provision of patient care. This research sought to increase our understanding of clinical decision making by nurse practitioners. The sample consisted of 27 nurse practitioners; 6 OB/GYN nurse practitioners, 11 experienced family(More)
As public concern for quality control of medical care at the beginning of this century forced regulations on medical licensing of physicians, the forces of change in health care are again substantial, this time driven by concerns for cost and access. Our experience at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center leads us to believe that well-trained(More)
A new paradigm for delivering comprehensive mental and general health services has been born out of the necessity to integrate all aspects of health care. Because of issues of cost-effectiveness and capitation, fragmentation of services is no longer viable. Graduate programs in nursing will need to: (1) effectively prepare its practitioners to manage the(More)
Curriculum development for preparation of acute care nurse practitioners requires a comprehensive process. To develop a program for their preparation at a large university, the faculty examined needs of the target patient population and care delivery system; scope of acute care nurse practitioner practice; current guidelines for the education of primary(More)
This article provides specifics on the development of a clinical track for faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh. The criteria to be used for appointment and promotion on the clinical track are discussed along with the practice requirements of 60 hours per term of participation in and responsibility for direct care of patients. The purposes(More)
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