Running head: APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 1 APN Professional Development Plan Olguine Theard-Chery Chamberlain College of Nursing Leadership and Role of the APN August, 2018
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2 APN Professional Development Plan Advanced practice nurses play an important role in healthcare system, so preparation for obtaining of APN position is also a critical process. This can be explained with the fact that a nurse needs to be aware of a specific development path they would like to choose, as long as advanced practice nursing implies quite a wide scope of activities and roles. In consequence, understanding specific professional orientations and desires are key considerations for becoming APN. Besides, a choice of a particular role means compliance with certain standards of licensure and certification, which is why making a distinct choice matters much in this regard. Future APNs are expected to know how and where they would like to move in their careers, which is why a deep analysis of the labor market and smooth transition to the selected professional settings are also concerned. Therefore, a future advanced practice nurse is supposed to design a detailed development plan to indicate the main professional objectives and strategies of their achievement. APN Scope of Practice To begin with, it is critical to define the position of advanced practice nurse as such. APN is usually defined as a registered nurse, who holds additional higher education of Master's or PhD level, and performs in terms of one out of four possible roles. The first category is nursing practitioners, as they perform in settings of the primary care, so they are responsible for diagnosis and treatment of various disorders. Sometimes, they perform several specific roles. The other role is nurse anesthetist, and this type of APN relates to provision of anesthesia prior,
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 3 during, or after administering of other interventions, if necessary. Nurse midwives are the other role, and they are related to primary care in women's health facilities: family planning, prenatal care, childbirth, etc. However, they may serve as primary care practitioners in some rural areas. Eventually, clinical nurse specialists focus on a specific range of areas according to population, type of care settings, medical subspecialties, or systems of human body. APN scope of practice is defined with a number of decisions and practices that come at play in clinical settings. First of all, scope is defined with needs of populations and their expectations from experiences of care (Kleinpell & Hudspeth, 2013). This a dynamic attribute, which is why it does change in accordance with economic, technological, political, and socio- cultural processes. The next step links APN roles to existing needs, thereby distributing responsibilities among four aforementioned roles. That process of scoping ensures that all needs of the community are covered with different roles (Kleinpell & Hudspeth, 2013). The third step
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