The use of big data and data mining in nurse practitioner clinical education

Shirlee M. Drayton-Brooks, Paula A. Gray, Nicole P. Turner, Jamesetta A. Newland

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Nurse practitioner (NP) faculty have not fully used data collected in NP clinical education for data mining. With current advances in database technology including data storage and computing power, NP faculty have an opportunity to data mine enormous amounts of clinical data documented by NP students in electronic clinical management systems. The purpose of this project was to examine the use of big data and data mining from NP clinical education and to establish a foundation for competency-based education. Using a data mining knowledge discovery process, faculty are able to gain increased understanding of clinical practicum experiences to inform competency-based NP education and the use of entrusted professional activities for the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)484-489
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2020


  • Big data
  • Competency-based education
  • Data mining
  • Entrustable professional activities
  • Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies
  • Nurse practitioner clinical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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