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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Dianna Sorenson


nurse practitioner employment in South Dakota, health service administrator attitudes, South Dakota physician attitude


The purpose of this descriptive replication study was to describe the need and willingness to hire Nurse Practitioners by Health Administrators and Physicians in the rural state of South Dakota. Written surveys using a revised questionnaire initially developed by Margaret Louis, PhD., RN and Carolyn E. Sabo, EdD, RN on the need for and willingness to hire Nurse Practitioners was used.
Findings indicate that the majority of respondents supported hiring NPs. Respondents frequently described positive experiences with NPs. Negative responses remarked that NPs did not know their limits, were lacking in supervision, or were acting as physicians with a shorter education and clinical experience.
NPs need to act collectively in gathering forces to define and publicize their own to the general public and other healthcare professionals.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nurse practitioners -- Employment -- South Dakota.
Health services administrators -- South Dakota -- Attitudes.
Physicians -- South Dakota -- Attitudes.



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