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Running head: ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 1Advanced Practice Nurse Personal Development PlanChamberlain College of NursingNR510 Leadership and the Role of the Advance Practice NurseDr. Sherman02/19/2017
2ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN Advanced Practice Nurse Professional Development PlanAdvanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) are nurses with a master’s, post-masters, or doctoral degree in a nursing specialty. They acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice. However, rapid changes in healthcare delivery systems, and the complexity of patients compel APNs to develop a professional development plan (PDP). The PDP is an important as it allows one’s to assess his/ her knowledge, education, and identify learning needs, licensure and governing requirements specific to the geographic location (Spoelstra & Robbins, 2010). This paper will detail those considerations as they applied to the State of Virginia. Advance Practice Nurse Scope of Practice – State of VirginiaLicensure, accreditation, certification, and education (LACE) considerations for APNsdiffer from states to states. This lack of uniformity creates confusion among APRNs, the publicand healthcare community, devalues APRN position in shaping health policy and limits access toAPRNs across states and settings (Rounds, Zych, & Mallary, 2013).In the State of Virginia, the Committee of the Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicineadministers the regulations governing the licensure of APNs. An APN candidate must first hold avalid Virginia nursing license or hold a current multistate licensure privilege as a registered nurse(Virginia Board of Nursing, 2016). APNs are licensed on the basis of graduate education (masterdegree in nursing) or a post graduate certificate from an accredited program, and are boardcertified nationally in their areas of specialty. Five requirements need to be satisfied in order toobtain a permanent license. Of course, one’s must pass the certifying examination, file therequired application and pay the application fee. Licenses are issued for four categories of
3ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN advanced practice nurses: nurse practitioners (NP), certified nurse- midwives (CNM), certifiedregistered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), and clinical nurse specialists (CNS) (Virginia Board ofNursing, 2016). Neighboring state of Maryland and the District of Columbia grant full practice authorityto APRNs. However, in Virginia APRNs do not have the freedom to practice independently; theymust work under the medical direction and supervision of a licensed physician. Under thedirection of a physician, NPs provide a full range of primary, acute and specialty health careservices including: ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays. They care for patients, perform acts of medical diagnosis and treatment, order physical andoccupational therapy (Virginia Board of Nursing, 2016). No laws or regulations prevent NPs