Nurse Practitioners' Perceptions of Their Caring Behaviors

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PURPOSETo explore nurse practitioners' (NPs) perceptions of their own caring behaviors, the relationship between sociodemographic variables, environmental factors, and NP's perceptions of their caring behaviors.DATA SOURCESA mailed survey to a systematic random sample of 200 members of an Illinois NP group.CONCLUSIONSThe top ten caring behaviors in rank order were appreciating the patient as a human being, showing respect for the patient, being sensitive to the patient, talking with the patient, treating patient information confidentially, treating the patient as an individual, encouraging the patient to call with problems, being honest with the patient, and listening attentively to the patient.IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICEThe quality of instruction in the biomedical aspect of nursing education is relatively easily assessed. Caring is nurses' hidden work that may go unrecognized except when the caring behaviors are missed by the patients or their families.

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