APN Professional Development Plan Jan2020.docx - Running head PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT APN Professional Development Plan Tammy Littlefield Chamberlain

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Running head: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1 APN Professional Development Plan Tammy Littlefield Chamberlain College of Nursing NR500NP-10640: Foundational Concepts and Advanced Practice Roles January 2020
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2 APN Professional Development Plan A professional development plan is a crucial part of preparing for the transition to a new role as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, and it requires awareness of clinical and professional strengths, deficiencies, and ambitions for practice. Researching prerequisites for licensure, certification, and scope of practice for a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in the state of Texas is the first step toward development. Because each state has different regulations and limitations for FNP scope of practice, in addition to licensure, accreditation, certification, and education, the graduate student must fully understand all aspects in their state to formulate a professional development plan. Leadership skills and core competencies are other facets of professional development planning. Education and research are required to achieve a foundation of competence and leadership skills to build on after graduation. While in graduate school, the student learns strategies to help overcome obstacles in transitioning into a new role, identify and develop strengths, and grow in areas of weakness. The intent of this paper is professional development by exploring the scope of practice requirements and limitations for FNPs in the state of Texas. Texas has licensure, accreditation, certification, and education (LACE) requirements for FNPs in addition to the scope of practice. This paper will show an understanding of assessing strengths and weaknesses in core competencies, identify leadership skills required for FNPs to practice in a complex healthcare system and to learn and implement strategies during graduate education to build a foundation for FNP practice.
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3 APN Scope of Practice FNPs have advanced education and training to be skilled in health assessment and promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, prescribe medications, educate, and coach with a focus of patient-centered care in a population range from newborn to geriatric. Texas determines the scope of practice for a nurse practitioner utilizing the national certification boards and Texas Board of Nursing (TX BON) which align with the APRN Consensus Model. Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Rules §221.12 and §221.13 further define scope of practice including licensure, accreditation, certification, education and compliance with the Nurse Practice Act. National professional specialty and advanced practice registered nurse organizations define the professional scope of practice by role, function, population served, and practice settings. Clinical experience and formal education define the individual scope of practice for the ever-changing FNP (TX BON APRN Scope of Practice, 2013).
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