Term of Award

Spring 2006

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Creative Commons License
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School of Nursing

Committee Chair

Donna Hodnicki

Committee Member 1

T. Maria Smith

Committee Member 2

Jean Bartels


The purpose of this study was to explore job satisfaction, barriers to practice, roles, and collaboration among nurse practitioners (NPs) choosing to practice in the environment of caring for burned patients. Exploration and identification of the role of NPs practicing among this unique population may benefit patients, and the burn community, when the expertise of the NP is added to a greater multi-disciplinary team. Two data collection instruments were utilized to measure the criterion variable job satisfaction: The Misener Nurse Practitioner Job Satisfaction Scale and a semi-structured telephone interview. Study participants consisted of 24 NPs employed in 16 burn centers in the United States. Although NPs have been providing care in burn centers for a number of years, little is known about their role or job satisfaction. This study is the first to report exclusively on the characteristics of NPs working in burn care settings.

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