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Running head: APN PROFESSION1APN Professional Development PlanBertrand Yeboah-MansonChamberlain College of NursingCourse Number: NR500NPSeptember 2019
APN PROFESSION2APN Professional Development PlanA professional development plan is like a roadmap that serves as a working plan for the professional. A good plan will ensure positive clinical outcomes whilst a poorly developed plan will set the organization up for poor clinical outcomes and failure. Being cognizant of your strengths and weakness is a very important attribute of any successful professional such as the advanced practice nurse. Advanced practice nurse (APN) roles consist of, certified nurse practitioner (CNP), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse midwife (CNM) and clinical nurse specialist (CNS). The scope of practice of the advanced practice nurse is a document that details the practice guidelines which involves the procedures and the actions the APN is permitted under the law to take in other to remain professionally licensed. Every statein the US has a governing body that oversees the practice of the APN in the state and it is that body that determines the standards and scope of practice of the APN in that state. According to the Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners (2015), nurse practitioners are licensed and autonomous practitioners who work in a variety of settings including, ambulatory, primary care providers in acute and long-term care settings or specialty care providers such as adult/gerontology, women’s health/gender related, pediatrics, neonatal, psychiatry/mental health and family/individual across lifespan. These areas are what is described by DeNisco and Barker (2015) as the six population foci. In the contemporary healthcare system, dynamic leadership is key to achieving organizational goals. Leaders must have certain qualities to make them effective in fostering growth and change in the workplace. A leader is a change agent that can tap into the desirable characteristics of individuals under his/her command to drive the vision of the healthcare organization. According to Oreofe and Oyenike (2018), there is the need for a paradigm shift in
APN PROFESSION3the way nurses practice in contemporary healthcare system and it is important for them to understand that the adoption of innovation in nursing makes the nurse effective and efficient in the same practice environment characterized by problems and challenges. Innovation makes it possible for one to acquire new methods of working that generates enhanced clinical outcomes. Leaders must be innovative and creative because they serve as a force that drives the organization. In this paper I will discuss the Nurse Practice Act and the APN scope of practice in New Jersey. I will discuss the privileges and the limitations of the APN specifically the CNP role.