demonstration project directed at increasing the number of primary care nurse practitioners in concert
with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Since this program is new and only recently
funded in 2012, there is no published literature about the perceptions of students that participate in the
Aims: The aim of this study is to explore the student nurse practitioner (NP) perceptions regarding
participation in the GNE. Research questions for this study include: 1) what are the students’
perceptions of participation in the GNE; 2). what are the students’ perceptions of the benefit of the
GNE; 3) what are the students’ perceptions of the negative aspects of participation in the GNE
Methods: An online survey was distributed to graduating NP students at the conclusion of their
program. The survey consisted of 17 Likert items and 3 narrative questions. Descriptive analysis was
performed on the quantitative data; content analysis was performed on narrative data.
Results: 56 responses were received with proportional representation from all three NP tracks.
Item analysis reveals overall agreement with item statements. Narrative responses indicate that
students perceived the GNE as helpful with placements, but needs further refinement. Other narrative
responses indicate that the GNE is a positive as long as preceptors aren’t precepting only for
payment. Participants noted that GNE is beneficial for the profession.
Conclusions: This study helps to explore student perceptions of the GNE project. The overall response
to the GNE from the student perspective was positive for the first year. The results will be compared
to results from subsequent graduating cohorts in the 4 year funding cycle of the GNE. Results will be
used to improve GNE processes and GNE information for students.