The growing need to provide training in clinical procedures in family nurse practitioner educational programs
journal contributionposted on 2021-09-24, 15:57 authored by Ruth WorochRuth Woroch, Denise BockwoldtDenise Bockwoldt
ABSTRACT: Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) have a plethora of employment options upon graduation. Besides primary care, many are working in nontraditional settings such as urgent care, emergency departments, retail health, and specialty practices. In many of these settings, practitioners are required to perform procedures. However, more information is needed on the type of settings in which recent FNP graduates are working, the procedures being performed in these settings, and the perceptions of graduates of how prepared they felt to perform these procedures. Family nurse practitioners who completed an FNP program within the previous five years and who attended the 2019 AANP National Conference were invited to participate in a survey to assess their preparation in clinical procedures. Results revealed that more than half of the 198 respondents reported doing incision and drainage of abscesses and laceration repair. Respondents were divided on how they first learned to perform the procedures, with 47% stating that a preceptor demonstrated procedures to them during a clinical practicum experience, 42% stating that they learned on the job after graduation, and 43% reported that their FNP program provided training or simulation activities related to procedures. More than a quarter of respondents reported that they took a class on procedures. In all, 61% reported that they did not feel adequately prepared to perform procedures on graduation. Results indicated that colleges of nursing should ensure that FNP students have opportunities to master the procedures that are frequently performed by FNPs.