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Running head: APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN1APN Professional Development PlanKeyauna LittlejohnChamberlain College of NursingNR510: Leadership and Role of the APNMarch 2018
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN2APN Professional Development PlanThe Advanced Practiced Nurse is one who encompasses enhanced training, education, and skill including holding necessary certifications that allows for offering of safe and effective delivery of healthcare services in all settings. The International Council of Nurses (2018) lists its definition of the Advanced Practiced Nurse as one that has a specialized knowledge for a skillset with critical decision-making skills and proficient clinical ability essential for expanded practice. There is a physician shortage that is known to many, making the Advanced Practice Nurse very valuable knowing that all who may need healthcare services will receive them. Advanced Practiced Nurses are helping to bridge the gap. With more nurses seeking advancement in their careers expanding on knowledge and clinical competence and achieving their MSN degrees, proper care can be delivered in various health settings. Professional Development Plans are used for multiple purposes. It is a tool that allows the Advanced Practiced Nurse to reflect on their chosen path. It allows for self-awareness for the nurse while soul searching through ones’ strengths, goals, and weaknesses. The PDP can help the APN with networking and marketing strategies and getting affiliated with local and national professional organizations allowing for growth and career opportunities (Hudson, 2018). APN Scope of Practice - VirginiaThe scope of practice for Advanced Practiced Nurses varies from state to state but it primarily outlines regulations and gives the nurses guidance to ensure professionalism and ethics. The scope of practice illustrates requirements and responsibilities for practicing APN. Scientific evidence and research is used in the healthcare setting and utilized by the Advanced Practiced Nurse. Health education, leadership, research, and mentorship are some of the dimensions that are vital in the enhancement of nursing practice. In the state of Virginia, nurse
3APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANpractitioners are licensed depending on graduate education and specialty certification. NursingLicensure.org (2018), states that education requirements for nurse practitioners in Virginia are to complete an approved graduate program in a clinical specialty. To be considered approved, it must be accredited by an acceptable organization. The Joint Committee has approved the American College of Nurse Midwives, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs/Schools, and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NursingLicensure.org, 2018). After