The Motivation of Advanced Practice Nurses to Explore
Nursing profession today has the essential elements of accountability and autonomy meaning that a nurse is responsible, professionally and legally for the nursing care provided. Nursing practice is liable for six kinds of legal authority, viz, 'The federal or central law', 'The law of the state', 'The international code of physicians', 'Institutional rules and regulations', 'Standing orders of the chief' and 'Precedent court decisions'( Zwemer,1995). With increased patient awareness of the health care delivery situations, media flare up and public opinions, nursing practice has become more accountable today and there is a radical departure from the traditional practice which draws upon the personal experiences, case studies and research of the physician and not the health care delivery system as a whole entity. Autonomy means that a nurse is independent reasonably and self governing in making decisions in practice. The modern day nurse is a client advocate who protects the human and legal rights of the patient under her care, based on his/her cultural and religious affiliations. The nurse is a 'Care Giver' helping the patients regain health through the process of healing. The nurse is the pivot of all communications in the health care delivery system (Potter, 2005). Thus, an advance practice nurse is motivated to explore research evidence in practice towards establishment of a 1.Evidence based Practice.2.Collaborative Practice.3.Nursing Research and 4.Patient satisfaction by research in the professional life.