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Addressing the Integration of Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners in Acute Healthcare Settings in Canada

The skills that advanced practice nurses can contribute to the breadth and quality of healthcare are not being adequately utilized across Canada, due to a lack of full integration of these professionals in primary and acute healthcare settings. With the growing burden of chronic disease, the increased complexity of healthcare needs, and the need to improve the delivery of effective programs and services to patients who need them, it is crucial that health systems better incorporate the role of nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. This project involved two stakeholder dialogues, informed by individual issue briefs that examined the scope of the challenge in each of the primary healthcare and acute healthcare setting, respectively, and offered options to address the various issues in order to move towards fuller integration of these professions in the delivery of healthcare. (Dialogues held July 6 and 7, 2011)
Stakeholder dialogue summary:
Video interviews: