Advanced practice nurses (APNs) deliver primary care in small and large private and public practices and in clinics, schools, and workplaces; they function in both independent and collaborative practice arrangements, often taking the lead clinical, management, and accountability roles in innovative primary care models such as nurse-managed health centers and retail clinics (Naylor & Kurtzman, 2010). Measuring the value, or worth, of an APN can be done by the perceived or actual benefits gained despite the costs. The concepts of quality, efficiency, effectiveness, and patient satisfaction are the key factors that influence the final result (Pickard, 2014). The clinical activities that are provided by APNs bring value to a practice through increased access to the practice for patients such as increased appointment availability, which can create greater patient satisfaction. APNs also add value to practice through continuity of care, monitoring treatments to ensure adherence, empowering patients to manage symptoms through education, and prescribing medications (Pickard, 2014).
- Fall '15
- Advanced practice nurse, Pickard, Current Procedural Terminology, APNs