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The transformational journey of nurse practitioners in acute-care settings.

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  • This study explored the nature of the lived experience of being nurse practitioners (NPs) in acute-care settings in Canadian teaching hospitals using hermeneutic phenomenological inquiry guided by van Manen’s approach. A total of 26 NPs were interviewed. Data analysis revealed that NPs experienced a transformational journey as they searched for being more, the overarching phenomenon that best characterizes their overall experience, which occurred in the context of being pioneers. Five themes emerged: being called to be more — being more connected, in control, visible, challenged, and able to make more of a difference; being adrift — being disconnected, uncertain, lost, and staying afloat; being an acute-care NP — being competent, confident, comfortable, committed, connected, and content; being pulled to be more — being a wearer of two hats; and being more — being an advanced practitioner. The NP journey reveals the complex, largely invisible experience of being an acute-care NP.

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    © 2010 McGill University School of Nursing. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited. Original publication for the article is the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. Copyright requests for commercial reproduction must be directed to the publisher.
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    • Rashotte, J. & Jensen, L. (2010). The transformational journey of nurse practitioners in acute-care settings. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 42(2), 70-91.