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PROFESSIONAL DEVELEOPMENT PLAN1Professional Development PlanKayla WiltChamberlain College of NursingNR 510: Leadership and Role of the Advanced Practice NurseOctober 2018
PROFESSIONAL DEVELEOPMENT PLAN2Professional Development PlanIn the ever-advancing medical field, an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) is and will continue to be a vital part of the advancements. But what is an APN? An APN is an individual that is an Advanced Practice Nurse is a Registered Nurse with a master’s degree and specializes in a specific role and patient population (APRNs in the U.S., n.d.). These tracks include Nurse Practitioners (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM), and Certified Nurse Anesthetists (CNA). Once the APN has earned a degree in a specialized track, they must take a state exam to officially become state licensed to practice. This is through the state Board of Nursing and this is to make sure that everyone is trulyqualified to provide care to patients. Each state has their own specific legislative guidelines showing and specifying the APN’s scope of practice. Many APN’s have legal authorization to prescribe medications and some can practice independently without supervision from a physician. The International Council of Nurses (2017) states the APN is a registered nurse that has specialized qualifications or knowledge for a skillset with decision-making skills in the critical sector and is also highly knowledgeable in the clinical ability which is required for expanded practice. NPs need to think about the rules and regulations in the respective state that will ultimately guide their overall practice. Doing one’s due diligence by researching and analyzing the Nurse Practice Act and APN scope of practice guidelines in the state one wishes to practice medicine in will be beneficial in the long run and potentially save the office from any legal issues.After an individual has selected one of the Advanced Practice Nursing tracks and received a license for that specialty, a profession plan must then be developed. A professional plan is an essential tool to aid the nurse in cataloguing their skillsets, achievements and
PROFESSIONAL DEVELEOPMENT PLAN3competences in which they possess. The goal of the professional development plan is to focus onthe individual’s personal assessment, reflection of their strengths and weaknesses and their objectives with the degree. The plan should also include networking and marketing strategies. In the individual’s development plan, a curriculum vitae should be included. A curriculum vitae includes an individual’s nursing skills, abilities and accomplishments. Scope of Practice for State of Pennsylvania Advanced Practice NurseThe Scope of Practice Policy of Pennsylvania (2018) states Nurse Practitioners can diagnose medical conditions, develop and implement treatment plans, order and perform diagnostic tests, and deliver other health care services, pursuant to a written collaborative agreement with a licensed physician. As a Family Nurse Practitioner within the State of Pennsylvania, Nurse