Date of Award

Fall 12-8-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing

First Advisor

Jennifer-Stewart Glenn

Second Advisor

Jane Castle



Political astuteness among nurse practitioners practicing in states like Tennessee where their scope of practice is restricted needs evaluation to promote policy and scope of practice change to increase access to quality healthcare in rural and underserved areas to decrease healthcare disparities in vulnerable populations. There is a scant amount of literature that specifically addresses political astuteness in nurse practitioners. The purpose of this project is to assess and provide strategies to inform nurse practitioners on political astuteness and activity. A cross sectional survey included the administration of an online version of the Political Astuteness Inventory (PAI), compared results with the demographic questions to establish political astuteness strengths and weaknesses. The PAI is a self-assessment tool created by P.E. Clark in 1981 and used in multiple studies that reveals increased political astuteness following policy related educational activities. A Framework for Action provided the conceptual and theoretical framework to integrate the baseline assessment of political astuteness in NPs in TN to strategize ways to inform NPs to increase political astuteness and activity.

Key words: political astuteness, nurse practitioner, research, Tennessee, restrictive states, and political astuteness inventory

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