APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2018.docx - Running Head APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN APN Professional Development Plan Name Chamberlain

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Running Head: APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN1APN Professional Development Plan NameChamberlain UniversityNR 510 Leadership and Role of the APNProfessorSemester Date
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APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN2APN Professional Development PlanA professional development plan is a planning tool used to set and achieve specific careergoals. This professional development plan is focused on a career transitioning from the registerednurse role to the advanced practice nurse role (APN). There are several tasks to complete in orderto determine the best path to achieve that goal. First, we must determine the description and requirements for that career, especially the education, licensure, and governing requirements particular to Florida. Once we know the details of that career, we must assess the current state of the skills and aptitudes needed to be successful in that role. The personal appraisal will need to be honest and thorough, including weaknesses, strengths, and goals. The final information gathering task will be to determine the local and national professional organizations that provide employment assistance for APNs as well as self-networking and marketing strategies. Lastly, a Curriculum Vitae will be created to provide a detailed presentation of the APN’s abilities, skills, and accomplishments.APN Scope of PracticeThere are several APN roles available. After an examination of the career options available to the APN, the career focus will be on the nurse practitioner role (ARNP). In order to practice as an ARNP in Florida, there must be a valid nursing license, a masters or post master’s degree, and a certification as an ARNP. The nurse practitioner role involves direct contact with patients, promoting wellness as well as diagnosing and treating illness in the primary or acute care setting. (McClelland, 2014) There is a great need for ARNPs in the primary care role which is typically in the familiar medical office setting. (CareerOneStop, 2018) There are also two additional aspects of ARNP practice in Florida that are worth examining in closer detail, the collaborative practice requirement and limited prescriptive authority.
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APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN3Florida Collaborative PracticeThe extreme regulation of Florida’s law requires that nurse practitioners are supervised by physicians and the supervisory arrangement must be defined in writing in what is called a collaborative agreement. The supervising physician must be available by phone for consultation AND patients be notified when the physician will and will not be present in the clinic.(Florida Board of Nursing, 2017) Some practices adopt more specific guidelines in the collaborative agreement, naming specific conditions the NP may manage such as well examinations or hypertension which is an acceptable criterion under Florida Law. (Florida Board of Nursing, 2017)Florida Prescriptive AuthorityIn 2016, Florida became the last state in the nation to allow NPs to prescribe controlled substances. (Kaplan, 2016) There are still restrictions for the schedule II class, and pediatric
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