Running head: APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN1APN Professional Development PlanEmily RoachChamberlain College of NursingNR 510: Leadership Role of the Advanced Practice NurseJune 16, 2019
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN2APN Professional Development PlanIntroductionAdvanced Practice Nurses are nurses who have a master’s degree, post masters or even a doctoral degree in nursing. There are four different options for an advanced practice nurse. These are Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and last is Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). When taking on the role of a APNa professional development plan (PDP) is needed. It is important for an APN take their career in their own hands. The PDP is an important as it allows one’s to assess his/ her knowledge, education, and identify learning needs, licensure and governing requirements specific to the geographic location (Spoelstra & Robbins, 2010). This paper will discuss and highlight the rolesAPNs in the state of Illinois, a personal assessment with Benner’s self-assessment tool, and details of networking and marketing strategies. Also, and up to date curriculum vitae will be shown. APN Scope of practiceTo become an APN, you must earn a graduate degree. A valid RN license and bachelors degree will be needed to get into a graduate degree program. A master’s degree is the minimum degree requirement to become a NP. Also, it needs to be from an accredited school. Once graduated from a master’s degree program certification and state license is required. There will be a $395 fee for the certification.There are 150 questions on the examination and test knowledge on assessment, diagnosis, plan, and evaluation across the life span of an individual (FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER (FNP), 2017). Once that is completed and passed you can send off all the information required to getlicensed and your prescription authority.
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN3According to the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCSBN, 2019), CNPs areAPRNs who are educated to provide care to the patient population in their specialty area. Rolesand restrictions of APNs differ from state to state. That may cause some confusion form many.This lack of uniformity creates confusion among APRNs, the public and healthcare community,devalues APRN position in shaping health policy and limits access to APRNs across states andsettings (Rounds, Zych, & Mallary, 2013). APNs also may work in many different settings.They practice anywhere from hospitals, doctor offices, emergency department, walk in clinics,the operating rooms, and even in jails and prisons. They also work with many different types ofpatient like elderly, pediatric, acute/chronic illness, women’s health and psychiatric. Some willeven go on to specialize in specific areas such as cardiology, neurology, pulmonology, oncology,nephrology, etc.