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ailment, prescription of the best treatment plan and patient follow-up. Also, Mashlan, Hayes, and Thomas, (2016) affirm that it is the role of APNs to manage various cases such as discharge or admission and to handle patient referrals. Other responsibilities bestowed upon APNs in Florida State include working in collaboration and as a team with other medical specialists to promote thehealth status of patients, promote healthcare research, and ensure ethical practices and conduct to avoid disparities and malpractice that may result to lawsuits. APNs are also tasked with mentoringjunior nursing practitioners during their internship periods all the way to their employment. Florida Board of Nursing allows APNs to treat common and chronic ailments, prevent disease, counsel or educate patients and render healthcare services and they are only allowed prescriptive under the supervision of a registered physician or doctorPersonal AssessmentIt is a fact that human beings are highly likely to be biased while performing their daily tasks. Along this line, APNs are presented with various roles in their scope of practice. Due to the
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN PAPER 4criticalness of their job, there is a need for them to conduct a self-assessment. For nurse practitioners, a self-assessment is very crucial because it provides one with insights on areas where he or she has strengths, the areas where one has weakness and in the end enables an individual to set up some actions or strategies to advance in those areas that require improvement. The assessment is primarily crucial because it points out the weaknesses as well asthe abilities an APN has and identifies realistic opportunities for thriving professional nursing career. Because the nursing practice is very involving, it provides nurses with a platform where they can gain skills through exposure to a variant of challenging health situations. According to Lima, Newall, Kinney, Jordan, and Hamilton, (2014), Benner’s Self-Assessment tool is very crucial for self-evaluation and nurses ought to incorporate it in self-assessment. Benner’s Novice to the expert model has three stages which include novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient, and expert. These stages are regarded as the level of experience in the nursing sector. Personally, I can categorize my experience at the beginner level where I am capable of demonstrating acceptable performance standards, gained prior experience in a similar practice field and can formulate various actions in my area of practice with minimal supervision. I can use the model to analyze my various, strengths, weaknesses and goals as well as opportunities. One of my greatest strengths are my years of clinical nurse experience, my ability to perform well under pressure, my eagerness to always learn and ask questions, being organized, a good team player, open communication and my passion for taking care of people. Besides, the wide knowledge I have enables me to network with various health departments in collaboration with other healthcare providers. It is through this knowledge that I can understand the elements of the health sector particularly decision making for patient-based care and safety. Remarkably,