JOURNAL ARTICLE

Essential nurse practitioner business knowledge: An interprofessional perspective

David LaFevers, Peggy Ward-Smith, Wendy Wright
Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2015, 27 (4): 181-4
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PURPOSE: To describe business practice knowledge from the perspectives of nurse practitioners (NPs) who are practicing clinicians, academic instructors, and clinic managers.

DATA SOURCE: Using the eight domains of business practice attitudes identified by the Medical Group Management Associations Body of Knowledge (MGMA), which are supported by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), a study-specific survey was developed. Data, which describe the knowledge and attitudes with respect to business practices, were obtained from 370 participants.

CONCLUSION: Regardless of their job classification, these participants described (1) quality management, (2) risk management, and (3) patient care systems as critical business practice knowledge. Consensus was also achieved when ranking the content for business practice knowledge: (1) patient care systems, (2) business operation, and (3) financial management.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: These data identify gaps in business practice knowledge and content that should be included in educational programs. Business practice knowledge is essential for a successful clinical practice and should be a professional practice skill for the NP.

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