Nurse practitioners in Ohio are considered primary care providers and fully responsible for the patients under their care. APNs in Ohio also have prescriptive authority and may prescribe medications in Ohio of which the collaborating physician is authorized to prescribe (Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP), n.d). Ohio APNs are restricted when dealing with death certificates. Meaning only a licensed physician can sign a death certificate (Interactive, 2018). Personal Assessment using Benner’s Self-Assessment Tool A personal assessment is beneficial for anyone looking to advance in their career. A personal assessment can help identify one’s strengths, weaknesses, goals and objectives. It is important for an APN to complete a personal assessment prior to seeking out employment. Patricia Benner created an assessment tool for a nurse that describes the evolution of how a new, or novice, nurse develops into an expert nurse. Novice nurse practitioners often experience transitional shock as they transition from student to 3
APN PROFESSIONAL primary care provider (Fitzpatrick & Gripshover, 2016). By completing a personal assessment, an APN would be able to discover which areas of practice suit them best based on their interests. Utilizing Benner’s personal assessment tool, I discovered that I fall within the “competent” area, which is stage three on the Novice to Expert ladder. As a competent RN I have been in the same job for over two years, am efficient and confident in my actions. I am able to make decisions based on previous experiences and problem solve based on considerable conscious, abstract, and analytical contemplation (Benner, 2001). Completing a personal assessment allowed me to explore my strengths, weaknesses and identify goals and objectives. A true understanding of oneself will benefit the care being provided to others. Identifying one’s strengths is a great start to finding a deep understanding of who they are. The strengths I possess are empathy, effective communication, determination, and patience. Empathy is important for a leader to entail in the healthcare industry when it comes to caring for patients and providing a positive work environment for their staff. Effective communication is vital in terms of communicating assessments, diagnoses, and treatments. As well as, communicating effectively with staff members to ensure tasks are being completed and the practice is running efficiently. Determination and patience both are good qualities to posses as a leader to provide a good example of work ethic to the other staff members, and to provide the best quality care for the patients. Quality care for patients can be forfeited if one does not work to improve their weaknesses and allows them to continue to negatively impact their practice. My weaknesses are fear of being a beginner APN and being tough on myself when I make a 4
APN PROFESSIONAL mistake. According to Benner’s Novice to Expert Model, the advanced beginner contains
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