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Running head: APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN1APN Professional Development Plan LaKeshia Jones Chamberlain College of NursingNR510: Leadership and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse March 2018
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2APN Professional Development Plan Advanced practice nursing (APN) is an ever growing field that encompasses individuals with a specialized skill set. Advanced practice nurses fill essential roles in today’s healthcare world. They are able to positively influence the healthcare profession by providing easily accessible, cost-effective healthcare to their patients. APN is a professional field of practice. Creating an APN professional development plan gives the novice advanced practice nurse a directional path while transitioning into their advanced, professional practice. An APN professional development plan allows the advanced practice nurse to explore the APN scope of practice specific to their state, perform a personal assessment and reflection, analyze networking and marketing strategies, and create a curriculum vitae (CV). APN Scope of Practice The APN scope of practice varies between states. LaKeshia Jones is a student nurse practitioner who lives in Kentucky. In Kentucky, the required education elements include a post-basic nursing education, completion of a nursing practitioner program that contains a clinical experience, and a master’s degree, post-master certificate, or doctoral degree ( “Advanced Practice Registered Nurse License Requirements in Kentucky,” 2018). After completing the educational requirements, Mrs. Jones must then meet the licensure and regulatory requirements. The licensure requirements consist of RN licenses, a graduate degree in NP role, and national certification (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2017). The regulatory structure implemented for APN in Kentucky is reduced practice and is controlled by the board of nursing (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2017). Full prescriptive authority for Mrs. Jones ispossible in the state of Kentucky, but only after a four year requirement is met. If Mrs. Jones wishes to obtain full prescriptive authority, she must complete a four year collaboration
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 3agreement via a Collaborative Agreement for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse's Prescriptive Authority for Nonscheduled Legend Drugs (CAPA-NS) with a physician authorized to prescribe nonscheduled drugs. After this four year period is up, Mrs. Jones has the ability to prescribe the medications independently, or she has the option to renew the CAPA-NS. Either way the board of nursing must be notified of her decision. (Kentucky Legislature, 2015). Although advanced practice nurses have the authority to be primary providers, there are still constraints in place. In order to prescribe controlled medications, a collaborative agreement between a physician and Mrs. Jones must be in place. There are also limitations placed on the
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Nursing, Advanced practice nurse, Registered nurse