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Acute Care Nurse Practitioners in Trauma Care: Results of a Role Survey and Implications for the Future of Health Care Delivery

Noffsinger, Dana L. RN, MS, CPNP-AC/PC

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000083

The role of acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) in trauma care has evolved over time. A survey was performed with the aim of describing the role across the United States. There were 68 respondents who depicted the typical trauma ACNP as being a 42-year-old woman who works full-time at a level I American College of Surgeons verified trauma center. Trauma ACNPs typically practice with 80% of their time for clinical care and are based on a trauma and acute care surgery service. They are acute care certified and hold several advanced certifications to supplement their nursing license.

Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

Correspondence: Dana L. Noffsinger, RN, MS, CPNP-AC/PC, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 (

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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