Advanced Nursing Roles

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Advanced Nursing Roles
Advanced practice nursing can be described as the future of nursing practice. Nurses who are trained to take on advanced nursing roles bring their creativity, intuition, and dedication to affect and change the healthcare system (Blais & Hayes, 2011). The number and demand of advanced practice nurses dramatically increased in the last decade. Despite the need for the higher level of nursing practice, there are many challenges that advanced practice nurses face every day. The purpose of this paper is to discuss opportunities, challenges, and practice requirements that Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner has to overcome in order to address the needs and demands of the healthcare system in the state of New Mexico.
The significance of utilizing nurses to deliver primary care comes from the late 1800s when nurses started visiting poor immigrants throughout the country (Hamric, Spross, & Hanson, 2009). Over the decades the demand for nurses who can provide primary care in underserved and rural regions only increased and their influence on the future of the healthcare system has risen. Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioners, as members of the health delivery network, practice family medicine, internal medicine, and geriatrics. They are prepared to diagnose, treat, educate, and council patients with acute and chronic illnesses. The author of this paper is a resident of the state of New Mexico. Providing quality care to the rural and tribe population was the main factor that determined the goal of obtaining the Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree.
The scope of practice for the Nurse Practitioners fluctuates from state to state and is one of the challenges they are facing. The New Mexico Nurse Practice Act defines the role and responsibilities for advanced practice nurses. The requirements are
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