Currently, the scope of practice for nurse practitioner is not clearly understood and lack of research focused on this specific issue. The purpose of this study is to investigate the scope of practice of nurse practitioner (NP) practice in Taiwan. A cross section design and purpose sampling design were used in this study. The instruments include NP scope of practice questionnaire and demographic questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were used for the demography and data analysis was carried out using SPSS, version 15.0 statistical software. There were 714 questionnaires distributed, and 300 completed and valid, giving a return rate 42.02%. The results showed the scope of practice in reality were mostly conformed to the scope of practice announcement from Department of Health. The study found nurse practitioners spend less time to play bedside educator role than other roles. In addition, nurse practitioners did more non-invasive procedure compare to invasive procedure. The nurse practitioner who work in local hospital spend more time carrying out invasive procedure and arrange patients to different units, compare to the nurse practitioner who work in medical center and teaching hospital. Professional association and governments might develop related policy and design training program based on the results from this study.
- nurse practitioner
- scope of practice