Focus Group Findings to Inform an Educational Program for Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneurs Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Ervin, Virginia
    • Affiliation: School of Nursing
  • Background. The Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report (2010) recommends that nurses should be major players in the redesign of the current health care system and that higher levels of education for nurses should be one of the goals in the process of transformation. If part of the health care system redesign includes opportunities for nurse practitioner entrepreneurship and business ownership, then education that prepares nurse practitioners for this role is a necessity. Purpose. The purpose of this exploratory project was to gain insight and gather recommendations from nurse practitioners in North Carolina to inform the development of an education program for nurse practitioners interested in owning their own practice. Participants. Volunteers were recruited for two focus group interviews which resulted in a total of nine participants. Participants were nurse practitioners in North Carolina who have an interest in owning their own practice and were willing to share their ideas regarding the development of an educational program aimed at preparing nurse practitioner entrepreneurs. Methods. Focus group interviews were conducted using a face-to-face format and an online format. Transcribed data were coded according to three primary themes of the emancipatory learning theory: marginalization/oppression, disorienting dilemma/critical reflection, and problem-posing. The data were analyzed to answer the questions: (a) how interested are nurse practitioners in business ownership, (b) do nurse practitioners need formal educational programs to teach them how to operate a private practice, and (c) what factors do nurse practitioners consider to be most important in the development of such an educational program? Findings. The data demonstrate that there is an interest in business ownership, there is a need for an educational program for nurse practitioners interested in business ownership and entrepreneurship, and that such a program would most likely be presented as a multiple semesters certificate-type program in the University setting. Preferred courses would include topics such as business planning, marketing, human resources, and management; hands-on learning opportunities should include internships offering a “behind-the-scenes” look at business management. Conclusion. The information gathered serves as a component of the needs assessment process which would be a helpful tool in the development of a functional educational program and/or the development of policies related to educational opportunities to be made available to interested nurse practitioners.
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  • Oppewal, Sonda
  • Yeo, SeonAe
  • Waters, Hugh
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2017

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