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Preparing Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Students for Role Transition Through Hospital Immersion

      Highlights

      • Transition into the adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP) student role can be a time of stress.
      • Development of essential clinical skills as an AGACNP student is crucial.
      • Preclinical hospital immersion experience has potential to improve role transition.
      • AGACNP students report improvement in confidence/competence after immersion.

      Abstract

      The study explored adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP) student’s self-perception of confidence and competence in essential domains of nurse practitioner (NP) skills. A preclinical hospital immersion experience was developed to improve transition to the ACACNP role. AGACNP students participated in once-weekly sessions for 3 consecutive weeks, with 14 students completing the experience over a 3-year period. Data showed a 28.7% improvement in student’s self-perception of confidence and competence, with statistically significant improvement in clinical decision-making skills and NP role. AGACNP students requested additional days and appreciated direct faculty feedback, while faculty efficiently supported AGACNP role transition.

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      Biography

      Sally E. Heusinkvelt, DNP, APRN, CNP, is nurse practitioner program director, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Rochester, MN. She can be reached at [email protected]

      Biography

      Danika M. Nelson, DNP, APRN, CNP, is assistant program director, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Rochester, MN.

      Biography

      Kimberly J. Langer, DNP, APRN, CNP, is associate professor, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program coordinator, Winona State University, Rochester, MN.