Evaluating the Domain Specificity of Self-Efficacy for Nurse Practitioner Leadership Development

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The purposes of this study were to evaluate self-efficacy (SE) levels of doctor of nursing practice nurse practitioner students (N = 64) and the relationship of SE with specific demographic and behavioral control variables. SE was measured using the General Self-Efficacy Scale, and behavioral control was assessed via 5 Likert scale items. The average SE was 32.8 (maximum score = 40), and the mean behavioral control score was 28.4 (maximum = 35). SE was significantly correlated with overall behavioral control. The benefits of SE align with the values promoted by graduate education—increased self-confidence, increased expertise, and potential for future leadership advancement.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104618
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2023

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  • behavioral control
  • education
  • graduate
  • leadership
  • nurse practitioner
  • nursing
  • self-efficacy
  • students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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