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Filling the gaps

Preparing nurse practitioners for hospitalist practice

Bryant, Sharon E. DNP, ACNP-BC (Assistant Professor of Nursing and AGACNP Hospitalist Specialty Coordinator)

Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: January 2018 - Volume 30 - Issue 1 - p 4–9
doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000008
Brief Report

Over the last 20 years, the emergence of the hospitalist has changed the face of medicine. Hospitalists may serve as either general or specialty-focused providers caring for acutely ill patients in the hospital setting. As the demands and constraints of hospital-specific patient management have continued to grow, an increased need for inclusion of nurse practitioners (NP) into current hospitalist staffing models has occurred. A hospitalist-focused educational model has been developed to better prepare NP students for a variety of hospitalist roles after graduation. A hospitalist focused masters-level curriculum is discussed, as well as opportunities for advanced hospitalist education with post-graduate opportunities.

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee

Correspondence: Sharon E. Bryant, DNP, ACNP-BC, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN 37240; Tel: (615) 936-5161; E-mail:

Competing interests: The author has no competing interests to declare related to this work.

Received May 09, 2017

Received in revised form October 23, 2017

Accepted October 25, 2017

© 2018 American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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