Doctorial dissertations on nurse practitioners: 1970-2000.

Roderick S. Hooker, Helen G. Mayo

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PURPOSE: To understand more about the nurse practitioner (NP) profession, a study was undertaken of the dissertation literature. DATA SOURCES: A search of Dissertation Abstracts Online yielded 134 dissertations that included NPs in the title or abstract and were awarded between 1970 and 2000. CONCLUSIONS: Most of the degrees are either PhD (61%) or EdD (27%). State-based universities produced the most degrees (70%) and six universities accounted for one-fourth of the degrees. The topics of NP-focused dissertations are wide ranging and include history, medical economics and managed care, NP education and professional role, and clinical and behavioral research. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: This dataset provides an important source of information for research on the NP profession.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-284
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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