Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Elizabeth O. Dietz

Second Advisor

Virgil Parsons


Nurse Practitioner practice patterns, patient outcomes, quality of care


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify NP practice patterns most important for positive patient outcomes. Data Sources: A convenience sample (n = 93) of Nurse Practitioners attending the 2005 California Association for Nurse Practitioners Conference (N = 535) completed the survey. Conclusions: The most important practice patterns identified were associated with patient-centered care. When analyzed with years in practice, patient-centered practice patterns continued to be the most important. This study suggests that patient-centered practice patterns are most important to positive patient outcomes for NPs. Implications for practice: Identifying the practice patterns that are most important to positive patient outcomes creates a distinct picture of the quality of care that is unique to nursing. As the role of NP continues to expand and be defined, these practice patterns will provide evidence of the unique quality of care given by the NP profession.

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