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Introduction Advanced Professional Nurses (APNs) involve those who are registered with enhanced training and have all relevant certifications that enable them offer healthcare services in all settings. Since the demand for care surpasses its provision, APNs became valuable as they ensure that all who require health services are catered for. With the shortage of healthcare professionals, there is need to set up reforms in the nursing education curricula to ensure that more APNs are produced. This enables the gaps within health provision are filled appropriately. Professional development plans (PDP) are important tools that serve various purposes. It serves as a reflective tool that the APN uses in having a thoughtful time to synthesize on the path they are taking. PDP also instills self-awareness to APNs since through carrying out a self-analysis the nurse will get to know their strong point and weaknesses. Through this, a sense of career satisfaction is created as the nurse gets to know oneself. Finally PDP helpsin coming up with the way forward about ones career. It ensures that the best actions are set out to achieve specific goals (Spoelstra & Robbins, 2010, p. 2). APN Scope of Practice - State Of Pennsylvania The scope of practice for an APN illustrates responsibilities and requirements for the position. It is important since it outlines guidance and regulations for the APN ensuring that ethics and professionalism is employed in all services provided. APN practice is based on scientific evidence and canbe applied in any healthcare setting. Different dimensions including leadership, health education, mentorship and research are vital in enhancing the practice of nursing (Spoelstra & Robbins, 2010, p. 7). APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 3 The scope just like laws varies according to states or countries and they regulate the practice of APNs. In Pennsylvania, the scope of practice is set out by the State Board of Nursing of Commonwealth and is guided by the Professional Nursing Law. The board has the mandate of regulating practice, ensuring that laws set out governing the performance of APNs are strictly adhered to, it offers certification for eligible members and ensures that the act regulating the profession is followed. For certification, a fee of $100 is paid while $15 and $30 is required for verification and license history certification respectively. Various requirements may be considered for initial certification. A nurse with RN license that is current and unrestricted for professional operations incommonwealth may be considered. In educational perspective, the board may consider those with doctoral, master or postmaster’s degree in the field of nursing. A license may also be granted to an INTRODUCTION Every Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) should develop a personal development plan (PDP). A PDP includes a written evaluation of the regulations and requirements needed to obtain licensure and practice in the APRNs designated geographical area. The PDP should also