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Running head: PROFESSIONAL PLAN1APN Professional Development PlanJeralynn D. Sheets Chamberlain College of NursingNR500: Foundational Concepts and Advanced Practice RolesJanuary 2020
PROFESSIONAL PLAN2APN Professional Development Plan A professional development plan can be a useful tool to aid in setting career expectationsand goals as you transition from one position to another, in this case, registered nurse (RN) to family nurse practitioner (FNP). To get started in a successful transition it is necessary to first determine all of the state requirements such as education, licensure and regulations. To accomplish future career goals, it is beneficial to take an in-depth look at personal strengths and weaknesses. An honest and thorough assessment of one’s self will assist in developing the skills and endowments needed to provide the best quality of care. By knowing where strengths and weaknesses lie it builds self-awareness and a higher level of competency for success in a future role. Increased self-awareness it helps develop leadership skills necessary to manage a complex health care system. Gaining knowledge on Ohio’s rules and regulations for advanced practicing nurses (APN) will assist in plans for a successful future, with the addition of determining strengths and weaknesses in clinical competency allowing for the development of advanced leadership skills. APN Scope of PracticeThe scope of practice for advanced practice nurses is directed by each state’s individualized practice act (NCSBN, 2015). The Ohio board of nursing (OBN) requires registered nurses to obtain a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited educational program (2018). Once a minimum of a Master’s degree has been earned then the APN must submit proof of their achievement to sit for the certification exam (OBN, 2018). A written application with thedesignated nursing specialty must be submitted with a one-hundred fifty-dollar fee and filed under oath (OBN, 2018). The Ohio board of nursing will send out an issue or denial within 30
PROFESSIONAL PLAN3days (2018). Certification renewal is required every two years, where the APN must demonstratethey have completed continuing education units and submit another one- hundred fifty-dollar fee.In Ohio, nurse practitioners (NP) have a limited scope of practice. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), throughout the lifetime of their career NP’s are required to work in collaboration with another health care provider, physician or podiatrist, when providing preventative and primary care services (2018). When collaborating with a podiatrist, the certified nurse practitioners’ (CNP) scope of practice must coincide with that of the podiatrist. Therefore, the CNP is limited to performing only the procedures of which the podiatrist has authority (OBN, 2018). Furthermore, in collaboration with at least one other healthcare provider, an Ohio CNP may prescribe drugs and therapeutic devices (OBN,2018).