Role of Apn Essay

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State of Advance Practice/Week 2 Patricia Grayson-Canty Chamberlain College of Nursing NR 510 Leadership and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse Terri Schmitt Professor Spring B 2014 Introduction The purpose of this paper is to further examine the state of advanced practice nursing from a local, state, national, and international perspective. The role of the nurse practitioner (NP) “evolved from the shortage of primary care medical providers in underserved areas in the 1960s” (DeNisco & Barker, 2013, p. 20). NPs became a much needed asset during the Great Society era due to the development of the government health programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Community health Centers that needed care providers. These programs helped the NPs develop their skills in direct patient care in different nursing specialties areas which led to the title of Advanced Practice Nurse. According to Buppert, the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) “is an umbrella term used by some states” for registered nurses who hold different roles such as Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) (Buppert, 2011, p.3); For some this can be very confusing until the definition of the advanced practice nurse is discussed. Dalton (2013) gives a working definition for the advanced practice nurse as: A registered nurse who has a command of expert knowledge base and clinical competence, is able to make complex clinical judgment, is an essential member of an interdependent healthcare team whose role is determined by the context in which he or she practices ( p.49). Although all the (APNs) work under this term “each of these roles evolved a bit differently” (DeNisco & Barker, 2013, p. 20). For the sake of time the (CNP) which manage direct patient care under the influences of a
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