In the state of Maryland NPs can practice independently from a physician In May

In the state of maryland nps can practice

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In the state of Maryland, NPs can practice independently from a physician. In May, 2015, Maryland’s Governor, Larry Hogan, passed the Authority to Practice bill which states all NPs in the state of Maryland can practice independently and can write prescriptions. Maryland is one of 22 states that permit independently practicing NPs (Crain, 2015). In order to be certified and practice in the state of Maryland, the NP must pass the national certification exam, work with a mentor for the first 18 months of practice, hold a Maryland nursing license in good standing and have graduated from a board approved nurse practitioner program (Advanced Practice Registered Nursing: Nurse Practitioners, 2016). Personal Assessment Before beginning practice as a new NP, it is important to conduct a personal assessment to determine the NP’s strengths, weaknesses, goals and objectives. When interviewing for a position as an NP, it is crucial to know one’s strengths and weaknesses and to be able to explain each to a potential employer. Just as important as knowing personal strengths and weaknesses is knowing one’s goals and objectives. Educating oneself about the employer and the organization
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ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 4 is a must for any new NP. The new NP must decide which career path and future goals are important. Does the new NP want to stay within the organization and advance his or her career there or is this an employment opportunity from which to network and move forward with more career opportunities into another organization? Before making any decisions or planning a future as an NP, it is important to self-reflect. What are the NP’s strengths? What can the NP “sell” to the potential employer? The NP should reflect on his or her personal strengths and weaknesses and utilize them to prove in the interview that the NP would be a good asset to the organization. Discussing the goal s and objectives of the NP will help the future employer visualize the forward thinking of the NP applicant. The NP must decide what stage he or she is in before pursuing a new job. Using Benner’s Novice to Expert model, the NP must self-assess and decide if he or she is a novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient or an expert (Davis & Maisano, 2016). The novice stage is when the NP has not had any previous experience. The advanced beginner stage occurs after the novice has gained some knowledge and clinical experience. The competent stage means the NP has been in practice for a year or two and is able to prioritize issues by using past experiences. Most of the NP’s skill acquisition comes during the competent stage. Moving into the proficient stage means the NP is able to see problems and situations as a whole and can use past experiences to make decisions. In the expert stage, the NP has confidence and grasps complex patient problems and understands what needs to be accomplished (Davis & Maisano, 2016).
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  • Nursing, Advanced practice nurse, Registered nurse, Nursing specialties, nurse professional development

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