Implementation and evaluation of a peer review process for advanced practice nurses in a university hospital setting.


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Over the past decade, implementation of the peer review process for the development of the advanced practice nurse (APN) has been emphasized. However, little exists in the literature regarding APN peer review. The peer review process is intended to help demonstrate competency of care, enhance quality improvement measures, and foster the professional growth of the APN. METHODS APNs serving on a professional governance council within a university teaching hospital developed a model of peer review for APNs. Nine months after the tool was implemented, an anonymous follow-up survey was conducted. A follow-up request was sent 4 weeks later to increase the number of respondents. Likert scales were used to elicit subjective data regarding the process. CONCLUSIONS Of 81 APNs who participated in the survey, more than half (52%) felt that the process would directly improve their professional practice. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE Survey results show that the peer review process affected APN professional practice positively. Additional research might include pathways for remediation and education of staff, evaluation of alternate methods to improve application to clinical practice, and collection of outcome data. The models presented provide a foundation for future refinement to accommodate different APN practice settings.

DOI: 10.1002/2327-6924.12471

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@article{Bergum2017ImplementationAE, title={Implementation and evaluation of a peer review process for advanced practice nurses in a university hospital setting.}, author={Shelly K Bergum and Talitha Canaan and Christi Delemos and Elizabeth Funke Gall and Bonnie McCracken and Dave Rowen and Steve Salvemini and Kimberly Wiens}, journal={Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners}, year={2017}, volume={29 7}, pages={369-374} }