Nurse Practitioner Programs: Selection Factors and the student Experience

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Nurse practitioner (NP) education has faced numerous challenges related to the changing healthcare landscape, shortages of faculty, and limited resources to meet the needs of NP students. The changes within NP education have impacted students, both positively and negatively. This purpose of this review of the literature is to gain an understanding of the primary care NP student perspective related to selecting a NP program, faculty and peer relationships, program success versus attrition, clinical experiences, and transition to practice. Gaps in the literature encompassing NP education will be reviewed. Finally, recommendations will be given for prospective NP students as well as NP educators.