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(American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2014, p. 1). APNs have been shown to be cost effective, safe providers with more extensive training in community-based healthcare needs allowing a more holistic approach (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2017).Through research into scope of practice of the APN in Arkansas Iwas able to determine it was a reduced practice state requiring a collaborative agreement with limitations on prescribing practices (Arkansas State Board of Nursing, 2016). I fully grasp the impact my involvement in legislation and coalition work will have on my profession and healthcare locally as well as globally. I have committed to continue to be involved through the Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association and the American Nurse Practitioner Association coalitions.Through the development of the APN Professional Development Plan, I was able to identify my strengths and weakness as they pertain to my role progression and what objectives and goals would be beneficial during this transition period to allow further scholarship, service, and global engagement within my profession. It was also revealed how imperative networking and marketing are to securing a successful, well established organization to partner with that will promote further role development.MSN Essential IX: Recognizes that nursing practice, at the master’s level, is broadly defined as any form of nursing intervention that influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems. Master’s-level nursing graduate must have an advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences as well as theability to integrate this knowledge into practice. Nursing practice intervention include both direct and indirect care components.
MSN Essential IX was met through the thorough investigation into the four distinct APN roles: the Certified Nurse Practitioner, the Certified Nurse Midwife, the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, andthe Clinical Nurse Specialist (Buppert, 2015). This allowed greater insight into the population they serve and their impact on direct and indirect patient care. Each having their own credentialing bodies with specified requirements varying depending on state legislation, further affecting standardization of the profession and distinct roles. The Consensus Model was reviewed with a greater understanding of the impact of LACE requirements and their positive impact on standardization within the profession (Stanley, 2012).This Essential was further met through the comprehension in the ability to implement positive changes not only with direct patient care, but also through successful organization changes such as conflict resolution, policy improvement strategies, and quality assurance measures. This was modeled during case studies that discussed unethicalpractices, conflict resolution, and implementation of change within a stifled organization.