influence development and assess advancement toward my career goals APN Scope of Practice The number of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) has grown and continues to grow. APRN’s are now as essential role in today’s health care system ( Consensus Model for APRN Regulation , 2008,). Advance practice registered nurses consists of four roles; certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), certified nurse-midwives (CNM), clinical nurse specialists (CNS) and certified nurse practitioners (CNP). Respectively, all have exclusive history and different perspectives, but shares the camaraderie of being APRNs. Education, accreditation, and certification are essential elements of becoming an APRN, the licensing is set by each individual state. Each individual states independently decides on the scope of practice, the recognized positions, and the appropriate standards for APRN’s. Unfortunately, this practice makes it difficult for the APRN to practice from state to state. In the state of Ohio the definition of an APRN in the state of Ohio is an individual who has completed the requirements of a qualified graduate-level education program of one of the 3
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPEMENT PLAN four acknowledged APRN roles. In addition, the individual must successfully completed the national certification exam which measures the APRN’s competence in population focused competencies The APRN must also demonstrate their continued competence through recertification. An APRN, must have established higher clinical knowledge and skills. The APRN must developed the necessary skills to provide direct patient care as well as the many facets of indirect patient care. Most importantly the APRN must have the expanded knowledge and training beyond the abilities of Registered Nurses. The APRN must display a superior level of comprehension, a greater base of information, expanded understanding of services, and exhibit a position of independence ( Consensus Model for APRN Regulation , 2008). The state of Ohio is considered a restrictive state. A restrictive state requires a collaborative agreement between the Nurse Practitioner and another discipline, in most cases a physician (Dillon & Gary, 2017). Typically, the nurse practitioner practices autonomously, seeing their own patients independently and only seek consultation if needed. The APRN provides both initial and continuous care of their patients. The APRN role includes taking detailed patient histories, physical examinations, health assessments, and screenings. In addition, the APRN is also orders testing and interprets the test results. In addition, the APRN has hey treat. In the state of Ohio, nurse practitioners are also granted prescriptive authority this includes, prescribing medication and treatments for their patients, the authority to order medical ( Consensus Model for APRN Regulation , 2008).
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