Running head: APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 1 APN Professional Development Plan Gwendolyn Bollinger Chamberlain College of Nursing NR510: Leadership and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse March 2018
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2 Introduction to the APN Professional Development Plan Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) are expected by organizations to provide leadership in the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective health care while improving access to care and eliminating preventable diseases. For the APN to be effective in the work environment and succeed in patient care outcomes one needs to develop essential skills. The plan is not limited to the nurse’s development but also can assist in the development of others through informal and formal activities. The activity of developing one’s plan is a continuous activity which usually starts at the institutional level, through classes and programs used to enhance one’s knowledge and remains in effect throughout one’s working career. Development plans are designed to use tools to assist in the development and understanding between employee and employer on essential areas which point to strengths and weaknesses. The APN Professional Development Plan serves as a framework to guide one’s professional development of professional practice. This paper will assist me in creating a Professional Development Plan which I can establish a process to realize and enhance my personal strengths and weaknesses. How to convert those weaknesses into strengths to reach my professional goals. APN Scope of Practice – State of Indiana The APN’s Scope of Practice is the range of privileges of practice. The American Nurses Association explains that the APN’s scope of practice is complex and requires who, what, where, when, how, and why, for the scope of practice to become clear (2017). Each state’s legislature has a law known as the “nurse practice act,” and rules and regulations are created by regulatory bodies to protect the public’s best interest (American Nurses Association, 2017). Each state has
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 3 different rules and regulations, therefore the scope of practice for APN change depending on location. The American Nurses Association further explains that organizations such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA), the National Governors Association (NGA), and others are requesting the removal of regulatory barriers for APN’s, so they can practice under full authority. Full practice authority is when APN’s can practice to the fullest extent of their education and training (2017). Limited practice is when state’s practice and licensure laws reduce the APN practice ability, in at least one element. This limitation hinders the APN from practicing to their fullest extent of their education and training. Restricted practice and licensure laws eliminates the APN from engaging in at least one element of their practice.
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