Research Projects in Progress

This page contains a list of links to research being done by graduate students and other researchers. They are hoping you will visit them.

Graduate Student Research Projects

Nurse Practitioner Role Transition Survey
Researchers: Regina M. Cusson, PhD, NNP-BC, APRN, FAAN
Researchers:    and Sally N. Strange, PhD(c), RN
Affiliation: University of Connecticut

Opens: December 2, 2009
Closes: Not specified

Role transition of new nurse practitioners is influenced by factors that create a challenging and complex process. This nonexperimental survey study will examine how well the hypothesized four dimension model associated with nurse practitioner role transition fits the empirical data. A sample of 300-500 nurse practitioners will be recruited to complete the Nurse Practitioner Role Transition Scale to measure transition experiences during their first year of practice including (a) developing comfort and competence, (b) understanding of the role by others, (c) collegial support, and (d) communications and relations. Confirmatory factor analysis will be used to evaluate the construct validity and assess model fit of the response data. These findings will provide a quantitative measure, which will inform education and practice in preparing new nurse practitioners to better anticipate and overcome role transition challenges and to achieve milestones successfully. A deeper understanding of the role transition for nurse practitioners may increase role satisfaction, enhance practice, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.

Please consider sharing your experience as a new NP. You are eligible to participate if you are a nurse practitioner, currently working in your specialty, and have practiced for at least one year. The information gleamed from this study may help support the transition process for future NPs.

Research Projects

The Ongoing Nurse Practitioner Salary Survey
Researchers: Robert T. Smithing, MSN, FNP &
Researcher:   Madeline D. Wiley, MSN, FNP
Affiliation: Nurse Practitioner Support Services

Opened: 1993
Closes: Ongoing

Since 1993 NPSS has been gathering information from nurse practitioners in order to better answer questions about nurse practitioner salaries. The information is reported as a composite with no identifying information kept. This information is available on the NP Central Web Site.

Last updated: December 2, 2009