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Running head: APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN PAPER1APN Professional Development Plan PaperJennifer CooperChamberlain College of NursingNR500NP-13084: Foundational Concepts and Advanced Practice RolesMay 2019
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PAPER2APN Professional Development Plan PaperNurse practitioners (NPs) are an integral part of the healthcare workforce, particularly in primary care. There are 21 states that NPs have full practice authority meaning they can practice to the full extent of their education and training without direct physician oversight. In the remaining 39 states, NPs can practice to their full scope with additions to prescribing medications and serving as a primary care provider as long as they have a physician practice, or collaborative agreement[ CITATION Hok17 \l 1033 ]. Advanced practice nurses start their education before they enter into an advanced practiceprogram. It starts with nursing school and build on those skills with a bachelors program and then entering graduate school. Competencies that are necessary to survive are physical assessment skills, interpreting diagnostic test results and learning how to evaluate the appropriateness of the different medications as well as being able to evaluate the appropriateness of the medications and the patients' responses to the treatments in a hospital setting as well as a community setting. Advanced nurse practitioners have a great responsibility to understand the increasing demands of the aging population and initiating clinical treatments. Another important role for NPs is being able to understand the necessity of responding to, and implementing changes to the healthcare policy and practice if they see a need. There are various leadership styles one could choose to take on which can produce very different outcomes. We will elaborate on the NP scopeof practice, nurse practitioner competencies and leadership styles as the paper moves forward.APN Scope of PracticeAfter graduation, I plan to practice in Iowa as a Nurse Practitioner. According to the IowaBoard of Nursing, an ARNP may provide various healthcare services to all ages in primary care,
TYPE SHORT TITLE IN ALL CAPS3ambulatory care, acute care and in long term care settings (2019). As a Nurse Practitioner, I would have to practice based on my educational background and within the standards and guidelines established by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In Iowa, NPs are allowed to have a full access independent practice but may also have a collaborative agreement with a single physician or group of physicians in case the practice warrants but it is not a requirement of the Iowa Board of Nursing. There are several services and functions according tothe Iowa Board of Nursing that can be carried out by an ARNP which include but not limited to: health status assessments, gathering a health and medical history, providing physical exams, ordering preventive and diagnostic procedures based on patient's age and history, formulating