Nurse practitioners in aged care: Documentary analysis of successful project proposals

Shannon CLARK, Rhian PARKER, Rachel DAVEY

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Meeting the primary health care needs of an aging population is an increasing challenge for many Western nations. In Australia, the federal government introduced a program to develop, test, and evaluate nurse practitioner models in aged care settings. In this article, we present a documentary analysis of 32 project proposals awarded funding under the Nurse Practitioner-Aged Care Models of Practice Program. Successfully funded models were diverse and were operated by a range of organizations across Australia. We identified three key priorities as underlying the proposed models: "The right care," "in the right place," and "at the right time." In this article, we explore how these priorities were presented by different applicants in different ways. Through the presentation of their models, the program's applicants identified and proposed to address current gaps in health services. Applicants contrasted their proposed models with available services to create persuasive and competitive applications for funding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1592-1602
Number of pages11
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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