Date of Award

Spring 5-1982

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Ronald V. Singer

Committee Member

Ann Bennett

Committee Member

Ellis Q. Youngkin

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8 B8


Former studies aimed at answering questions regarding the acceptance of the nurse practitioner role usually have compared that role to that of the primary care physician. This study seeks answers to the question of acceptance of the role of the nurse practitioner as it stands on its own, encompassing the concepts of both care and cure. Using a five-point Likert scale, 90 adult recipients of nurse practitioners' care for acute episodic and chronic illnesses in clinic settings, were surveyed as to their perceptions of that care. The data were statistically analyzed and were found to show a high level of acceptance by all types of care seekers. These findings lend encouragement for the increased use of nurse practitioners in the future.


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