requirements differ for the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) between the states of California, Washington, and Illinois.Licensure:California:Licensing in the state of California is done by the Board of Registered Nurses (BRN). Any person applying for APN licensure in the state of California must first possess an RN license. Then the applicant is able to apply for APN licensure by one of three methods. The first method for California graduates only. It requires that the applicant submit all coursework and transcripts to the Board with the application. The second method is for those who are nationally certified whose standards are equivalent to those set forth by the state of California. And method three is equivalency. This means that the applicant has not completed a nurse practitioner program that meets the Boards standards. In addition to the application and transcripts, this applicant must submit paperwork called “Verification of Clinical Competency” that is signed and submitted by another nurse practitioner or physician (BRN, 2013).Washington:Licensing in the state of Washington is done by the state’s department of health (DOH). To apply for an APN license in Washington, one must first posses an RN license in the state. Then official transcripts along with an application are submitted. Also, national certification is a requirement for licensure in this state (DOH, 2016).Illinois:In Illinois, the department of financial and professional regulation are who provides licensing of APNs. In this state, an applicant must submit the application, transcripts, as well as proof of national certification (IDFPR, 2014).Accreditation:California:The California Board of Nursing recognizes APN programs that are accredited by theAmerican Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the American Nurses Association - American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, the National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC), and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) (BRN, 2013).Washington:The state of Washington does not require that schools be accredited by an specific bodies (DOH, 2016).Illinois:The state of Illinois does not require that schools be accredited by an specific bodies (IDFPR, 2014).Certification:
California:If an applicant is certified by the any of national organizations or associations, that organization/association must have standards that are equivalent as the state of California’s standards. These include the AANP, the ANCC, the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, the NCC, and the AACN (BRN, 2013).Washington:This state requires applicants be certified nationally. It does not specify which certifying bodies can provide the certification (DOH, 2016).
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