First Advisor

Lynn Wimett


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

56 pages


The role transition from a registered nurse (RN) to a nurse practitioner (NP) can be challenging and stressful as the RN moves from often expert status back to novice status as an NP. The purpose of this qualitative, descriptive study was to explore if role transition was easier for novice NPs that participated in a post-graduate training program, then for those that did not. Following IRB approval for the study, a self-report tool consisting of 18 questions was emailed to a national sample of NPs who graduated 2014-2020 and practiced at least one year but not more than five years as an NP. Although the study did not reach power (N=33), when analyzed the data showed clinical significance that novice NPs trended toward stronger beliefs that they had the skills and were prepared to participate as NPs than those who did not participate in post-graduate training. It was recommended this study be repeated with a larger population to reach power and the survey updated to include documentation of years of practice as an RN prior to entering an NP program.

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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