Family Nurse Practitioner Programs: Bridging the Role Transition from Registered Nurse to Family Nurse Practitioner

Problem: The need for nurse practitioners (NPs) in the primary care setting is increasing with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 due to the shortage of primary care providers. However, the role transition from registered nurse (RN) to NP has been described as overwhelming and stressful. NP residency programs are needed to help new NPs smoothly and successfully transition into confident and competent NPs to appropriately provide the quality and safe care of the complex and diverse patient populations. However, there is limited research on NP residency programs. Thus, there is a need for further research on NP residency programs. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore the perspectives of near-graduating and newly graduated NPs on the values of NP residency programs in helping them transition into the NP role.