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Air Force Family Nurse Practitioner and Air Force Family Physician Perception of the Family Nurse Practitioner Role in Military Operations Other Than War

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Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States

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World events and defense requirements have forced the military paradigm to shift. The inevitable result is that the Family Nurse Practitioner FNP will take on a more active role in the deployed setting, especially in missions involving civilians with primary care needs as seen in Military Operations Other Than War MOOTW. What is the perception of the FNP of their role in these missions What is the perception of the Family Physician FP of the FNP role in these missions Because of the collaborative role the FNP will have with the family physician it is important to compare these perceptions to assure quality collaborative care. Biddles Role theory will be the framework used using a questionnaire as a strategy for studying behavior roles. The purpose of this study will be to describe and compare the perceptions of the two provider groups and examine the differences and similarities for statistical significance. A 65-item survey utilizing a 5 point Likert-type scale in which the FNPs and FPs are requested to rate their perceptions of the ability of the FNP to treat a variety of patients will be used. The survey population will consist of all CONUS active duty Air Force FNPs practicing in the role of FNP, and CONUS active duty Air Force FPs currently or previously working with, an AF FNP. Data will be analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. SPSS will be used to analyze the quantitative data provided by the FNPFP responses. Responses to open-ended questions will be analyzed through a content analysis. This analysis will determine if there are differences between the FP and FNP and provide insight on the perceived training needed to prepare the FNP for the deployment role.

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