ORIGINAL ARTICLES: PDF OnlyThe Experience of Role Transition in Acute Care Nurse Practitioners in Taiwan Under the Collaborative Practice ModelChang, Wei-Chin; Mu, Pei-Fan*; Tsay, Shiow-Luan**Author Information RN, MS, Supervisor, Department of Nursing, Taipei Veterans General Hospital; *RN, PhD, Professor, Graduate Institute of Clinical Nursing, Yang Ming University; **RN, PhD, Professor, Graduate Institute of Nursing, National Taipei College of Nursing. Received: July 20, 2005 Revised: January 13, 2006 Accepted: March 29, 2006 Address correspondence to: Shiow-Luan Tsay, No. 365, Min-Te Rd., Peitou, Taipei 11219, Taiwan, ROC. Tel: 886(2)2822-7101 ext. 3186; E-mail: [email protected] Journal of Nursing Research: June 2006 - Volume 14 - Issue 2 - p 83-92 doi: 10.1097/01.JNR.0000387566.34318.b2 Free Metrics Abstract The role of the acute care nurse practitioner in Taiwan has changed significantly since the 1990s due in significant part to a shortage of interns and resident physicians in acute care settings. The first year of professional practice represents an important transitional year during which new professionals develop their competency to provide high-quality care to hospitalized patients. As the actual experience of individuals undergoing this transitional process into their new role has yet to be fully explored, this research studied and categorized the experiences of acute care nurse practitioners during their first year of role transition under the collaborative model of practice. We used a qualitative inquiry method with in-depth interviews to investigate the relevant experiences of 10 acute care nurse practitioners working at a medical center in Taiwan. Results show that the experience of expert nurses in their transition to acute care nurse practitioners passed through three phases during the first year under the collaborative practice model. These phases include the role ambiguity, role acquisition, and role implementation phases. Each phase contained a set of sub-themes which describe the multiple dimensions of this experience. This study highlights the experiences, stresses and accomplishments of acute care nurse practitioners during their initial year of advanced practice. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.