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Running head: ADVANCED NURSING ROLESRoles In Advanced Nursing PracticeSTUDENT NAMEChamberlain University College of NursingCourse Number: NRP500NPMay 2019
2ADVANCED NURSING ROLESRoles in Advanced Nursing PracticeThe nursing profession is in a constant state of growth and change. Similarly, and unequivocally, the same is true for advanced nursing practice roles such as the Certified Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and Certified Nurse Midwife. These roles will be covered throughout this paper, in addition to the writer’s rationale for choosing the Clinical Nurse Practitioner role as well as strategies for transitioning into this role and plans after graduation.Role ExplorationAs the British Journal of Nursing so eloquently points out, being an advanced practice nurse means that the individual has achieved a level between a senior practitioner and a consultant. The same journal further specifies that nurses “working at advanced practice level should show evidence of Master’s-level learning, such as studying at postgraduate certificate or diploma level while working towards a Master’s.” (Farrelly, 2014). As is the case at the baccalaureate level, advanced practice nurses are also required to complete varying degrees of continuing education and remain engaged in professional growth and development. Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)The role of the Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) is defined by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as “licensed, independent practitioners who practice in ambulatory, acute, and long-term care as primary and/or specialty care providers.” (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, n.d.) “Decades of research confirm that nurse practitioners provide safe, high quality care.” (Devine, 2017). CNPs take personal health histories, diagnose health problems, order diagnostic testing and interpret results, and prescribe medications
3ADVANCED NURSING ROLESaccordingly and as needed. CNPs treat patients independently and approach patient care in a holistic manner and with a patient-centered focus. CNPs can work in a variety of settings including acute care, community, rural areas, and private/independent practice.Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)“Clinical nurse specialists are advanced practice registered nurses who are prepared at thegraduate level (master’s or doctorate) in nursing and have advanced skills, having been trained inphysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment in addition to their specialty role. They engage in health promotion and maintenance through assessment, diagnosis, and management of acute and chronic patient problems, including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches.” (Davidson, Rahman, & Casida, 2019). According to Davidson, Rahman, &