Assessing Interest of Family Nurse Practitioner Students in Applying to ...


Residency Program as a Segue to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree. Teresa J. Hamill, DNP; Carey McCarter, DNP. Mississippi University for Women.

Assessing Interest of Family Nurse Practitioner Students in Applying to a Residency Program as a Segue to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree Teresa J. Hamill, DNP; Carey McCarter, DNP Mississippi University for Women Columbus, Mississippi The purpose of the research project was to assess interest of Family Nurse Practitioner students in a Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program, to assess interest of Family Nurse Practitioner students in a Doctorate of Nursing Practice program and to determine possible reasons for the lack of interest of Family Nurse Practitioner students in regard to a Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. In order to meet an increased health need in the United States, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) must be ready and competent to provide care. It is important that new graduates are prepared for independent scope of practice, for improved socialization to the role and for the ability to practice safely. A new model for practice in order to meet increased competency needs of APRNs following graduation is the concept of Nurse Practitioner Residency Programs. The subjects for this descriptive study were Family Nurse Practitioner students in their final semester at Mississippi University for Women and newly admitted Family Nurse Practitioner students during their first semester at Mississippi University for Women. An educational intervention was implemented to educate the students on the Nurse Practitioner Residency Program and the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. The education program also provided information on how the two programs could be combined. A survey was distributed following the educational intervention. The sample was comprised of 73 Family Nurse Practitioner students. The results were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The research questions were as follows: Are Family Nurse Practitioner students interested in a Nurse Practitioner Residency Program as a transition from the classroom setting into the practice setting? What are the possible reasons for lack of interest of Family Nurse Practitioner students in applying to the Nurse Practitioner Residency Program? Are Family Nurse Practitioner students interested in pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in combination with the Residency Program? Results showed that 56% were not interested and 43% were interested in the Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. The most common themes that emerged of why they were not interested included salary and location. Fifty-six percent of the respondents were interested in pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree, 25% were not and 19% were unsure.

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