International Journal of Nurse Practitioner Educators

Exploring the Use of Blog Narratives as a Method

Eric Eugene Staples, S. L. Ray, C. Iwasiw


The purpose of this research study was to gain insight into the educational experiences of students and graduates of a nurse practitioner (NP) program in Ontario, Canada to inform curriculum evaluation. Participants were asked to provide narratives of their experiences via two separate limited-access blog sites on the program's NP–Education Network. An interpretive qualitative analysis of participant narratives revealed the program is preparing graduates for practice but there are areas for improvement that require attention. From the emerging themes, recommendations are proposed for improving the curriculum of the NP program.


nurse practitioner education, curriculum evaluation, qualitative methodology, blogging

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