Career paths of geriatric nurse practitioners employed in nursing homes

D. M. Radosevich, R. L. Kane, J. Garrard, C. L. Skay, S. McDermott, L. Kepferle, J. Buchanan, S. Arnold

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The career paths of geriatric nurse practitioners (GNPs) trained with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation through the Mountain States Health Corporation (MSHC) were studied. Under this program, GNPs were recruited from sponsoring nursing homes and returned to GNP positions in the sponsoring facilities following training. Training was carried out under a continuing education model offered through six university-based schools of nursing. Questionnaires were sent to the 111 GNPs trained. Of the 102 respondents, 97 provided complete information about the past and present education, work experience, and job functions. The GNPs were women with a median age of 45 years, and they were employed in rural settings in the western United States. More than 45 percent of the nurses had at least a baccalaureate degree at the time of GNP training. The GNPs remained employed in long-term care positions that implemented the practitioner role. The median length of GNP employment in their first jobs after training was more than 4.5 years. The resignation rate from this first position was 1.66 resignations for each 10 years of GNP employment. Job changes were likely to be attributed to organizational changes with subsequent positions shifting toward a diversification of the GNP role. The study demonstrates the success of the MSHC program in introducing and retaining GNPs in nursing homes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-71
Number of pages7
JournalPublic health reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990


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