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Keywords

Change, Nurse practitioners, PDAs

 

Authors

  1. ABELL, CATHY HOOTS PhD, RN
  2. JEPSON, TERRY MSN, FNP-BC
  3. GABBARD, JAY PhD, MSW

Abstract

The purpose of this descriptive, correlational research study was to examine the relationship between the level of use of PDAs by nurse practitioners and their perception of managers following established change strategies. A convenience sample of 159 NPs was obtained for the study. Findings included a low, positive correlation between the level of PDA use and total Change Process Survey score (r = 0.23) that was significant (P = .006) at the .01 level. The use of PDAs by NPs is important to patient safety; therefore, administrators must be aware of change strategies that may enhance the use of PDAs. Recommendations for future research include replicating the study using a larger, randomized sample.