Roles and Ways of Knowing
Advanced practice nursing is a highly professional endeavor. An understanding of different types of scholarship, professional mission statements, conceptual frameworks and paradigms will enhance a deeper understanding and greater knowledge base for the desired role in pediatric primary care practice.
Role of Scholarship
Character, quality, activity, and attainment are frequent terms when referring to scholarship in reference to the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN). The way we think and the way we are in the world is all part of scholarship. According to Chism (2013), scholarship is developed and not awarded. Developing a scholarly role does not occur instantly but develops over a period of time and takes dedication (Chism, 2013).
Disciplinary knowledge and professional knowledge is the core academic pursuit in relation to the scholarship of discovery. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, restoration, and rehabilitation in conjunction with the commitment to care and provide comfort to one’s patients. Gaining information and knowledge comes in the form of philosophical inquiry, methodological studies, theory development, historical research, and primary empirical research (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2013).
The scholarship of teaching focuses on the educational environment between the teacher and the learner. With the diversity of learning and teaching styles, this inquiry seeks to bridge the gap between teachers and learners whereas reciprocal benefits may emerge. The scholarship of practice ensures the academic institutions and faculty instructing future scholars provide advanced knowledge and apply the knowledge (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2013). Service has shown to be scholarly as faculties engage in scholarship of service as they participate in research, study problems, gather knowledge, and seek solutions (American Association of University Professors, 2009).