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Running Head: APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN1Advanced Practice Nursing Professional Development PlanCandice L. Hamre Chamberlain University September 26, 2019
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN2An advanced practice nurse follows a different set of rules and guidelines when itcomes to patient practice. An advanced practice nurse has an obligatory responsibility to practice and follow their aligned Nursing Practice Act, which includes their scope of practice. Every state has a different binding Nursing Practice Act. Currently residing in Arizona and planning to practice as an advanced practice nurse in the state of Arizona, the following content includes information regarding Arizona’s Nursing Practice Act. Along with scope of practice, and nursing practice act, Nurse Practitioner’s also have core competencies to guide them throughout their years of practice. Becoming an advanced practice nurse also creates a sense of leadership, and because of this, other nurse’s, advanced practice or not will look up to Nurse Practitioners. Being a leader as an advanced practice nurse can influence many nurses in the profession. “It is said that the FNP role needs support through leadership and advocacy at local, national, and international levels” (Estes, Medina, & Robertson, 2019). Leadership styles vary with each provider, which can then be connected to one’s personality, that pours over into their practice, and how they treat their patients. These differences in leaders will also bediscussed further in the following text. APN Scope of PracticeThe advanced practicing nurse has a special set of skills, depending on their specialty tract. This can at times confuse and blur the line of scope of practice for some practitioners. Scope of practice entails what a practitioner or health professional can do,while still being covered by their own governing body. The workforce for Nurse Practitioners is growing, more rapidly than any other provider is. Due to the increased need for practitioners, and the higher acuity that patients are presenting with, Nurse
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN3Practitioner programs are being established all over to provide this education to a groupin need. “Given this shift, it is increasingly important to understand how state- level NP scope of practice (SOP) policies influence access to primary care” (Mark, & Patel, 2019). The education opportunities to nurses is beyond any other degree holders. Thereare a multitude of tracks one can take, as well as specialties. It also appears to be the most flexible, providing a great deal of courses online. I myself am completing a partiallyonline program, and with working full time, and having a family, it makes it manageable.