Experience of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in Onboarding Programs

Authors: Hilary Barnes, PhD, NP-C, FAANP | Lorraine Anglin, PA-C, MHS | Mara Sanchez, PA-C, MMS | Heather Batchelder, MP, LPA | Christine Everett, PhD, MPH, PA‐C | Perri Morgan, PhD, PA-C

Topics: Education and Training, Nursing, Staffing

Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

February 15, 2022

Newly graduated nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) face challenges in adapting to their first jobs. Because of this, some organizations are instituting formal NP and PA onboarding programs, which have been associated with increased engagement of NPs/PAs, decreased turnover, and higher clinical productivity. 

This policy brief examines which components of NP and PA onboarding programs are successful and why, highlighting 6 structural components and 2 psychosocial components that employers and managers could incorporate into their onboarding programs. 

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