The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) studied the costs of clinical training for nurse practitioners.
Managed-care organization are making growing use of nurse practitioners as mainstream primary care providers, and training programs in this field have experienced a brisk growth. Such training includes extensive hands-on experience of at least 600 hours supervised by practicing clinicians, and much of it is carried out in non-hospital, ambulatory care settings.
The AACN reviewed the methodology and results of previous research led by James Boex of Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, which involved a comprehensive study to ascertain the cost of ambulatory care medical residency training. AACN considered the study's applicability for an assessment of the unique costs, benefits, and quality factors involved in advanced-practice nursing education.
To determine the applicability of the model to nursing, investigators:
The AACN Researchers concluded the following: