Autonomy, Acceptance and Utilization of NPCC: An Indian Scenario
Introduction: It is very evident that Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are the need of the hour. As demand for NPs in all types of intensive care units continues to increase; ensuring successful integration of these nurses into general and specialty intensive care units poses several challenges. Multiple quantitative studies revealed the attributes of NPs’, practice, autonomy and roles. However, researcher has not come across any study to assess the acceptability, autonomy & utilization of Nurse Practitioner in Critical Care (NPCCs) among health care professionals and other stakeholder.
Methods: A quantitative approach descriptive research design was adopted to assess the acceptability, autonomy and utilization of NPCCs among healthcare professionals and stakeholders of selected institutes of India. The present study was conducted among 35 NPCCs, 15 physicians and 80 other healthcare professionals through purposive Sampling techniques. Five point Likert scale was used to assess the acceptability, autonomy and utilization of NPCCs and an expressed practice checklist was used to assess the critical care skills and procedure performed by NPCCs after taking formal permission from the competent authority.
Result: Most of the physicians of selected institute refused to participated, only 15 were responded, indicated the less interest in this subject for them. Regarding acceptability the physicians who accepted the NPCCs were responded to the study and illustrated 100% of acceptance, (65%) of the health care professionals and other stakeholders accepted NPCCs in critical care. More than half of the NPCCs (63%) have expressed autonomy in performing their role in critical care .Regarding utilization of NPCCs (60%) physicians like to utilize NPCCs in critical care whereas (40%) been indecisive about the utilization of NPCCs in critical care. Majority of the health care professionals (excluding physician) and other stakeholders (79%) like to utilize NPCCs in critical care, whereas (21%) been indecisive about the utilization of NPCCs in critical care.
Conclusion: Nurse practitioners need to become more visible to both the public and other health care professionals. In spite of lot of challenges of NPCCs to get trained and work in India, health care professionals (excluding physicians) and other stakeholders had positive opinion towards the prospects of NPCCs, reflects their acceptance and the utilization for NPCCs in India.
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