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During this course, we evaluated and researched the roles of the APRN, with a focus on the NP role. We identified that there are different rules and regulations related to NP practice depending on which state one intends to work in. We identified the need for the NP to have autonomous practice in all states. We also examined the importance of interprofessional collaboration. According to Maylone, Ranieri, Griffin, McNulty, and Fitzpatrick (2011), a recent study showed NPs support collaboration with physicians because it improves the quality of care patients receive however, the need for autonomy remained. NPs have the capability of practicing autonomously and collaboratively.Leadership is an important part of the NPs practice and a role NPs need to embrace. In order to be a good leader, one must have the ability to self-reflect. In doing so, they can learn from past experiences and continue to grow within the profession. Leadership can also be exhibited by precepting new NPs, obtaining one’s Doctorate of Nursing, and evenby joining professional nursing organizations. Professional organizations help keep NPs current but also provide avenues in which NPs can get involved in communities and lobby for practice standards, such as unity among all states. Maylone, M. M., Ranieri, L., Griffin, M. T. Q., McNulty, R., & Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2011). Collaboration and autonomy: Perceptions among nurse practitioners. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,23(1), 51-57.doi:10.1111/j.1745-7599.2010.00576.x?