Roles and Ways of Knowing of the Whnp

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The Roles and Ways of Knowing for a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Through the practice of scholarship, theories, models and conceptual frameworks the Advanced Practice Nurse integrates clinical knowledge into evidence based practice. Healthcare reform has created a need for the advanced educated nurse at the Bachelor through Doctorate degree level. The nurse practitioner has become the norm in healthcare settings and is found in every specialty along the lifespan. Educational and clinical requirements defined by the APN Consensus Statement sets the standard for entry into clinical practice. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Position Statement on Defining Scholarship for the Discipline of Nursing (1999), the APN/DNP’s role of scholarship serves to benefit nursing research, teaching, education, and the practice of nursing itself. Boyer’s (1990, 1997) model identifies the processes of discovery, integration, application, and teaching that guide the continuum of scholarship for the APN. Participating in research processes and evaluating theories in practice contribute to discovery and the ways of knowing. Information is shared by writing scholarly publications, mentoring, and developing educational opportunities for nurses, such as competencies. New knowledge is applied into practice through evidence based decision making, quality improvement processes, instituting policy changes, and providing patient and community education opportunities. With background in OB/GYN, my interest is the role of Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. My aim involves collaborating with other healthcare professionals to provide high quality individualized care, promote health education, disease prevention, advocacy, and counseling to women in a community setting. WHNP certification is provided by the National Certification Corporation

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