UBC Graduate Research

Nurse Practitioners in Orthopedic Surgical Settings Freitag, Brittany Grace


Purpose: The purpose of this culminating project was first to conduct an extensive literature review of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in orthopedic surgical settings, second to review the literature on how to create a successful professional poster, and then to present the findings of the orthopedic NP review in a professional poster. Background: Orthopedic conditions account for more disability, pain, and costs to the Canadian/American Healthcare systems than any other conditions. As a result patients are experiencing profound difficulty accessing orthopedic surgeons. As a solution to this shortage, NPs are becoming an essential part of the multidisciplinary orthopedic team in Level 1 trauma hospitals. Results: NPs are qualified and competent to work in a variety of orthopedic settings including preoperative clinics, primary care orthopedic clinics, as well as provide pre and postoperative care for patients within the hospital setting. The benefits of NPs in orthopedic surgical settings includes: increased access to care, improved team communication, decreased patient length of stay, improved quality of care, and improved patient satisfaction. Moreover, NPs meet patient needs while surgeons are operating, and have a positive impact on resident surgeon education. Conclusion: A need exists for NPs in orthopedic surgical settings in Canada to both improve access to healthcare for patients, and reduce the burden on orthopedic surgeons.

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