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Running head: APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTAPN Professional Development PaperSTUDENT NAMEChamberlain University College of NursingCourse Number: NRP500NPJune 2019
2APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTAPN Professional Development PaperThis paper covers general information on the scope of practice of Florida nurse practitioners, as well as the requirements for education, certification, and licensure. In addition, this paper will also explore nurse practitioner competencies and leadership skills, which are essential to the delivery of holistic, patient-centered, evidence-based care and treatment. The nurse practitioner’s scope of practice is governed by the Florida Nurse Practice Act and the Florida Statutes. The state of Florida is a restricted practice state, which means that “state law requires career-long supervision, delegation or team management by another health provider in order for the NP to provide patient care.” ("AANP State Practice Environment," n.d.) Further, this professional development plan will serve as a guide throughout this MSN-FNP journey.Educational and Licensing RequirementsIn Florida, the FL Board of Nursing is the governing authority for NPs. Here, in order to apply to an MSN program to become a nurse practitioner, an individual must possess a valid, current, unrestricted RN license and a BSN degree. Successful completion of a master’s level education program is required in order to become an advanced practice nurse. As outlined in the 2018 Florida Statutes chapter 464, a nurse seeking to become a nurse practitioner may apply for initial licensure examination by demonstrating certification by the appropriate specialty board, and/or completion of a graduate nursing program in a clinical nursing specialty. Similar to obtaining an RN license in the state of Florida, NPs also need to clear fingerprinting and background checks. According to the AACN, the number of NPs has grown to more than 270,000, up 9% from 2018.
3APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTPractice Environment and Prescriptive AuthorityAdvanced practice nurses, specifically the family nurse practitioner, may practice in a variety of settings such as acute care, private practice, and outpatient/ambulatory centers. “Patients are benefiting now more than ever before from the high quality, comprehensive, patient-centered health care services provided by nurse practitioners.” (AACN Bold Voices, 2019). As mentioned above, Florida is a restrictive practice state for nurse practitioners, according to the AACN. In essence, this means that the APN needs to enter into a protocol with a supervising physician in order to practice. Nurse practitioners are not the only ones who would benefit from less restrictive practice in Florida. A recent study published by Nursing Outlook points out that “removing restrictions could expand access to quality health care, cost-effectively relieve the physician shortage and contribute economically.” (Unruh, Rutherford, Schirle, & Brunell, 2018)The Nurse Practice Act chapter 464.012 describes the APN’s prescriptive authority and