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Nurse practitioner education: Greater demand, reduced training opportunities

Forsberg, Ingrid FNP-BC1,a; Swartwout, Kathryn PhD, FNP-BC1,b; Murphy, Marcia DNP, ANP-BC, FAHA2,b; Danko, Katie MPH1,c; Delaney, Kathleen R. PhD, PMH-NP, FAAN1,d

Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: February 2015 - Volume 27 - Issue 2 - p 66–71
doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12175
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Purpose: To document the factors that are increasing the tension between nurse practitioner (NP) educational programs and the clinical training sites needed for NP students.

Data sources: Literature and the faculty experiences garnered over years of placing NP students for clinical training.

Conclusions: Several conditions converge to create a situation where sites are increasingly reluctant to precept NP students. The underlying dynamics are diverse and include factors related to the electronic health record, productivity expectations, and the increasing demand for sites as a result of increasing NP enrollments and competing healthcare provider programs.

Implications for practice: The nursing community should approach this issue strategically and devise an action and policy agenda to support NP training, including federal monies to support NP training in a design that parallels the Graduate Medical Education; recognition of NPs as licensed professionals in advanced training; and identification of meaningful incentives for NP preceptors.

1Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health, College of Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois,

2Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, College of Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois,

a(Instructor)

b(Assistant Professor)

c(Project Manager)

d(Professor)

Received: 3 June 2013; accepted: 25 August 2013

Correspondence Ingrid Forsberg, FNP-BC, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health, College of Nursing, Rush University, 600 S. Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60612. Tel: 312-942-5242; Fax: 312-942-6226; E-mail: ingrid_forsberg@rush.edu

© 2015 American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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