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Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as Leaders: Perceptions, Self-Identity, and Role Congruity. J Pediatr Health Care 2021;35(5):559-563



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2-s2.0-85104280516 (requires institutional sign-in at Scopus site)   1 Citation


INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to gain an understanding of practicing acute care pediatric nurse practitioners' (AC-PNPs') perceptions of themselves as leaders in both clinical and professional contexts.

METHOD: This qualitative study was conducted at a midwestern quaternary care children's hospital. Cultural domain analysis, semistructured interviews, and free listing techniques were employed to identify areas of consensus and variation among a convenience sample of AC-PNPs.

RESULTS: Findings demonstrated the AC-PNPs have a limited self-view of leadership.

DISCUSSION: Nurse practitioners need additional leadership capacity and capability building during graduate education, the transition to practice, and throughout their careers.

Author List

McDermott KL, Schindler CA, Olson KR, Petersen TL


Katie L. McDermott NP Nurse Practitioner Peds Crit Care in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Tara L. Petersen MD, MSED Associate Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Christine Schindler Ph.D., RN, CPNP, AC/PC Nurse Practitioner in the Nursing department at Marquette University

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Nurse Practitioners
Nurse's Role
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Qualitative Research
Self Concept