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Israeli staff nurse knowledge and perception of the nurse practitioner role

Dickman, Chaya, MSN, RN; Miller, Tamar, BSN, RN; Muchow, Lori, BSN, RN, CCRN; Ward-Smith, Peggy, PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000547553.01883.ac
Feature: NP ROLE DEVELOPMENT IN ISRAEL

Abstract: This study assessed Israeli nurses' knowledge of the emerging role of master's-prepared NPs. Based on an integrated review of the literature, a study-specific survey was developed, including dichotomous knowledge items, Likert scored perception items, and self-disclosed demographic data. Analyses of the 146 responses revealed that exposure to NPs was limited. Knowledge specific to the role or clinical competency was lacking, yet the assessment capabilities and overall perception of NPs were positive. Data demonstrate a willingness to include NPs in the care model and an awareness that doing so would positively contribute to the overall health of patients.

This study assessed Israeli nurses' knowledge of the emerging role of master's-prepared NPs. Based on an integrated review of the literature, a study-specific survey was developed. Analyses of the 146 responses revealed that exposure to NPs was limited. Knowledge specific to the role was lacking, yet the assessment capabilities and overall perception of NPs were positive. Data demonstrate a willingness to include NPs in the care model and an awareness that doing so would positively contribute to the overall health of patients.

Chaya Dickman is an RN at Terem Urgent Care, Beit Shemesh, Israel.

Tamar Miller is a clinical nurse at Meuchedet Primary Care Clinic, Beitar, Israel.

Lori Muchow is a charge nurse at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Peggy Ward-Smith is an adjunct instructor at Simmons University, College of Nursing, Boston, Mass.

The authors have disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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