The lived experience of nurse practitioners practicing within a professional practice model: A phenomenological study
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to describe the lived experiences of nurse practitioners (NPs) practicing within the Transformational Advanced Professional Practice (TAPP) Model, a professional practice model (PPM). Methods: A descriptive phenomenological analysis using semi-structured interviews of eleven NPs across multiple inpatient and outpatient clinical areas at Texas Children's Hospital. Member checking and theming data occurred using the mind mapping technique. Results: Main themes included: (1) transforming professional practice; (3) cultivating the inner self; and, (3) mentoring professional transitions. Conclusions: The findings of this study provide qualitative evidence that the TAPP Model influences role transition and professional development. Transforming NP practice within organizations and within the nursing profession itself will take mindfulness with an intentional approach to design PPMs specifically for NPs.