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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


As nurse practitioners move into non traditional roles they sometimes lack a social and professional support. Lack of peer support can cause a feeling of isolation and frustration for advanced practice nurses.

The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative study was to discover the lived experience of nurse practitioners with peer support. Four nurse practitioners described their experiences. These descriptions were analyzed for meaning using the Girogi method.

Four common themes emerged: support throughout the educational process, professional support, support from family and friends and frustration. The description of peer support was unique according to level of experience, practice setting and access to support. When lack of support was reported there was a greater amount of frustration described. Nurse practitioners can utilize information from this research to develop strategies to encourage readily available peer support and the importance of professional networks.


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