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Development and Testing of an Instrument to Measure Holistic Nursing Values in Nurse Practitioner Care

Kinchen, Elizabeth PhD, RN, AHN-BC

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000072
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As primary care delivery evolves in the United States with nurse practitioners (NPs) as key providers, exploring the patient's perception of the nature and quality of NPs' care is of critical importance to healthcare consumers, providers, educators, policy makers, and underwriters. The aim of this study was to describe the development and testing of the Nurse Practitioner Holistic Caring Instrument, a new, investigator-developed measure of the preservation of holistic nursing values in NP care. Results suggest that NPs provide patient-centered, comprehensive, and clinically competent care, rendering them ideally suited to leading primary health care delivery. However, further testing in more diverse populations and settings is needed to strengthen preliminary findings.

College of Nursing, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.

Correspondence: Elizabeth Kinchen, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, College of Nursing, University of Central Florida, 12201 Research Parkway, Suite 300, Orlando, FL 32826 (

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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