Running head: APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 1 APN Professional Development Plan Crystal Johnson Chamberlain College of Nursing NR510 - Leadership and Role of the APN October 2018
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2 APN Professional Development Plan Introduction I did not grow up wanting to be a nurse rather wanted to be a doctor. However, life went into a different direction early on in my life and I became a wife and mother working in a management role for a local call center. I was not happy and bored with my current job and it felt like a job and not something I would consider a career. I wanted to be a part of something that could define me. Since making the decision to return to school for my bachelorette in nursing I have continued to show my children that it is never too late to pursue your goals. I left my home state of Texas and since 2015 I have been practicing nursing in the state of Georgia. I struggled between my passion of Midwifery and Family Nurse Practitioner. Given that I have never did a term in L&D I have decided to stay with Family Nurse Practitioner. I worked in the as a MedSurg nurse in the hospital for a year and after that started my travel nurse career with the occasional Home Heath per diem visits. At one point I attempted my hand at case management for Home Health however the boredom of office work was not for me. Travel nursing allowed me with the chance to work with struggling hospitals in different states and learn to be adaptive to the ever-changing needs of nursing. However, traveling was not a great fit for my young family, so I have since became a contracted nurse for the same Home Health facility. I can make the same pay as travel but stay at home with the family. I love the interaction with my patients, I am able to see them thrive after rehabilitating at home from the hospital, but I also see the struggles they face in home which prevent them from receiving the care they need. Most of all I see the struggles of my Veteran patients and the system that is so flawed. So, the best way I can help would be to become a APN. APN references to a “master’s-prepared nurses who provide
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 3 direct clinical care” (DeNisco & Barker, 2015, p. 5). The purpose of this paper is to submit my development plan and my strategy for presenting myself to future employers. APN Scope of Practice “Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) have expanded in numbers and capabilities over the past several decades with APRNs being highly valued and an integral part of the health care system” ( Consensus Model for APRN Regulation , 2008, para. 3). APRNs are listed in the categories of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), certified nurse-midwives (CNM), clinical nurse specialists (CNS) and certified nurse practitioners (CNP). In which they are different in their areas of cared focus but are all under the umbrella of being APRNs. Education, accreditation, and certification are the elements that organize the various APRN for practice and the licensing boards are overseen by public guidelines. As of now, there is not standardized scope
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