Professor Lane and class, I feel like it may be a common misconception for someone to think the way Jessica’s co-worker was thinking. If you are practicing under a physician, why wouldn’t they be accountable for your practice? Right? Wrong. Whether working independently or in a collaboration with a physician, a nurse practitioner requires self-thinking and decision making, thus making the nurse practitioner accountable for their own treatment plans of their patients [And18]. Jessica herself states she is not sure she would be ready for the responsibilities of a Nurse Practitioner, so I do not feel like this would be the right area for her. But this discussion will review the scope of not only the NP, but the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and the Certified Nurse Midwife. Certified Nurse Practitioner There are different focuses that can be attained by a CNP including Psych, gerontological, pediatrics, neonatal, or women’s health with advanced certifications in these areas. However, receiving a MSN-NP allows the practitioner to practice in primary care. CNP’s may also have privileges in a hospital setting or long-term care setting as well. It is a very versatile title to have. There are many options as far as what can be done with this degree. The scope of the CNP can vary in depth from state to state. With the full practice of the CNP, the role includes assessment, diagnosis, development of treatment plans, implementation and evaluation along with prescribing medications and ordering diagnostic testing [And18]. A CNP is responsible for encouraging health education and promotion advocacy and collaborative efforts as well [And18]. A CNP is involved with direct patient care and impacting patient care, just like Jessica is looking for, but has a large amount of responsibility
that Jessica stated she may not be interested in. The salary for a CNP varies from state to state,
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