experience align the needs of patients with professional nursing standards and

Experience align the needs of patients with

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experience, align the needs of patients with professional nursing standards and nursing skills, and promote a culture of collaboration within Illinois hospitals (Fitzpatrick, Anen, & Martinez Soto, 2013). There is not just a shortage in RNs but also in primary care providers (PCP), it has been stated that APNs as primary care providers can in turn reduce the current national shortage of primary care providers (Kuo, Loresto, Rounds, & Goodwin, 2013). Prescriptive authority in the state of Illinois is usually included in the collaborative agreement made with the physician. According to IDPFR, a collaborating physician or podiatric physician who delegates prescriptive authority to an advanced practice nurse shall include that delegation in the written collaborative agreement
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APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 4 (Lindsey, 2009). In Illinois, any licensed health professional who wishes to prescribe controlled substances must possess three things: (a) a professional license that authorizes him or her to do so, (b) an Illinois Controlled Substance License (CSL) which comes from IDFPR and, (c) a federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) number (Lindsey, 2009). Personal Assessment The thirst for knowledge will always be a key strength. Personally knowing that there are many ways to approach a situation or conflict and being open to change is a good strength to have as well. Not just being open to change but easily adapting to change once it occurs. Working in the healthcare field, change is inevitable and not accepting change can only hinder your growth, which can in return hinder patient outcomes. Communication has always been a big strength that has led to many accomplishments and good leadership abilities. These strengths will help assist in my professional development to becoming an APN. Uncertainty is a weakness that sometimes prevents mistakes but also prevents timely care. It is always better to be safe than sorry, but sometimes I just need to have the confidence and tell myself “you know this!” The biggest weakness I struggle with is procrastination. Procrastination leads to being rushed to take care of certain things and even worse, being unprepared. The worst thing to be in an emergent situation is unprepared. Acknowledging and addressing these weaknesses now will also assist in the further professional development of becoming an APN. Goals, of course are to become a well-rounded APN, but also to have my own practice. Unfortunately I might have to relocate out of the state of Illinois into one of the
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APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 5 21 states with full privilege. After diving deeper into the role of the APN, there was a more clear distinction of what goals and objectives I had for the profession as well.
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