Studies authored by advanced practice nurse practitioner (APNPs)  published in pediatric-focused journals are cited an average of 4.3 times, making them virtually invisible to a broader audience, according to researchers at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 2013 Annual Meeting.

“It is important that research efforts of NPs become more visible for translation of evidence into practice,” Susan Robins, MS, PNP, FNP-BC, and Arlene Smaldone, DNSc, CPNP, CDE, both of Columbia School of Nursing in New York City, wrote in a poster session presented at the meeting.

Choosing appropriate keywords and writing an abstract with Medical Subject Heading (MeSH)  – the vocabulary thesaurus by which the National Library indexes PubMed Citations – in mind, are means by which NP authors can increase the visibility of their work, according to Robins and Smaldone.

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They analyzed keyword/MeSH congruency and citation frequency among 537 nurse practitioner authored-research studies published in five pediatric-focused peer-reviewed nursing journals from 2008 to 2010. Citation frequency was determined using the Scopus database.

APNs accounted for one quarter of all research studies published, Robins and Smaldone found. In total, 50% of all papers with an APN as a first author were research based, but this proportion has been steadily increasing over time.

Interestingly, the publication with the greatest number of citations within the study sample had 100% keyword/MeSH term congruency. However, overall there was no to low significance observed between keyword/MeSH term congruency and citation frequency.

NAPNAP will offer more opportunities for APNs to hone their publishing skills with two workshops this evening:

  • Session 221: The Journal of Primary Health Care Manuscript Roundtable with Journal of Primary Health Care editors
  • Session 222: Research Roundtable: A Conversation with Researchers

The workshops will take place at Thursday, April 18th at the NAPNAP 2013 Annual Meeting from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in Orlando, Fla.


  1. Robins S, Smaldone A. “Is pediatric research authored by nurse practitioners visible?” Presented at: NAPNAP 2013 Annual Meeting. Orlando: April 17-19, 2013.