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J Pediatr Health Care. 2003 May-Jun;17(3):133-9.

Employment characteristics of recent PNP graduates.

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  • 1Department of Family Health Care Nursing, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, 94143-0606, USA. pat.jackson@nursing.ucsf.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to describe the characteristics of employment, health-illness characteristics of children cared for by PNPs, frequency of role functions by practice setting, and participation in professional organizations of recent graduates from 11 university programs.

METHOD:

A 60-item multiple-choice survey tool was sent to graduates from 1997-1999.

RESULTS:

Two hundred twenty-five surveys were returned (response rate: 54%). More than 48% described their practice setting as primary care, and 33% described it as specialty practice. Graduates indicated they frequently cared for children "at risk," with chronic health conditions, and with critical health conditions. Assessment of growth and development and provision of preventive care services were roles more frequently performed in primary care settings, whereas implementing and participating in research, case management, systems intervention, staff development, development of policies or programs, and writing for grants or publication were roles more frequently performed in specialty practice settings (P <.05).

DISCUSSION:

Findings from this survey confirm earlier survey findings regarding the varied practice settings, diverse role functions, and type of clients served by recent PNP graduates. Educational programs need to prepare graduates for the varied role functions they are likely to perform upon graduation and encourage them to participate in professional organizations and the development of health care policies affecting children and families.

PMID:
12734460
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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