ERIC Number: ED164911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Competence and Commitment: The Making of a Nurse Practitioner.
White, Martha Sturm; Highley, Betty L.
Data were gathered on 134 maternity and pediatric nurse practitioners to determine what types of work experience, educational backgrounds, and personality traits were most conducive to successful orientation and commitment to the nurse practitioner role. The study population, comprising six separate groups trained in six-month continuing education programs, were studied at the time of program entry, at the end of training, at six months after training, and at fifteen months after training. Varied data collection methods were used during these four time periods, such as personality tests, competency inventory, student followup program evaluation surveys and personal interviews. Some of the major findings are as follows: (1) practitioners who were self-confident and assertive, and combined these qualities with warmth and dependability, did better than those who lacked these characteristics; (2) the most common changes that the practitioners reported were increased self-confidence and satisfaction with nursing as a career; (3) those practitioners who felt most competent in their skills were likely to be more assertive and self-confident; (4) those practitioners who were more highly committed and working as a nurse practitioner rated themselves as more competent than their less committed counterparts; and (5) the work setting in which the practitioners were employed affected their sense of commitment and competence in the role. (EM)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Demography, Educational Background, Graduate Surveys, Individual Characteristics, Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, Nurses, Nursing, Participant Characteristics, Personality Assessment, Professional Training, Program Evaluation, Role Perception, Task Performance, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower Education.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Francisco. School of Nursing.