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occupational therapy (Virginia Board of Nursing, 2016). No laws or regulations prevent NPsfrom admitting patients to the hospital, from holding hospital privileges and from being primarycare providers (PCPs). APRNs are allowed to prescribe Schedule II to VI medications given theyhave this authorization outlined in a written practice agreement with a supervising physician inaddition to a written protocol.Personal AssessmentBefore a new APN enters the workforce, it is important to perform a thorough personalassessment to determine their strengths, weaknesses, goals, objectives and identify theopportunities for a strong professional career. Even though APNs are at an advanced level,Benner’s Self-Assessment Tool is very important for APNs that do not appreciate the novicestage.StrengthsOne of the biggest strength of a new APN is the vast knowledge on the evidence basednursing practice. New APN can apply this knowledge into clinical practice to provide safe,
4ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN effective, quality care to patients (Hellier, & Cline, 2016). The knowledge enhances confidencein fulfilling the expectations and responsibilities of APNs.In our professional role as APNs, we are responsible to care for others. Communication isimportant during caring for patients. Patients and providers must communicate. Good, andproductive communication is associated with diagnostic accuracy, patient’s adherence to medicalregiment, patient safety and satisfaction (Koo, Horowitz, Radice, Wang, & Kleinman, 2016). Ourstrength lies on our ability to giving full attention to what other people said, to explain, listen andempathize. Our precision and great attention to detail are what setting us apart from the rest.WeaknessesLack of clinical experience makes you feel insecure and insufficiently prepared to beginpractice. Your clinical decision making is clouded by a heavy fog of doubt. You are askingmillion questions every day. Even you patients would know that you don’t know what you aredoing. Fitzpatrick, & Gripshover (2016) coined the term “transition shock” as the experience ofmoving from the student role to an unfamiliar territory of APN. This gap between expectationsand practice causes stress, anxiety, doubts their choice of career and the investment of the yearsof study. However, as the New APN acquires competence in performing patient care, she/he willbecome more confident and will take on more responsibilities, and more importantly strive tomeet role expectations.GoalsSetting goals steer you in the right direction for success, boost motivation and self-confidence. One short term personal goal for the newly APN graduate is passing the nationalcertification exam for recognition to practice. Following certification, NP will need to secureemployment which will enable to apply the knowledge and skills learned/gained in school to
5ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN practice.Provide acute, chronic, and preventative care for patients of all ages is the main goal ofNP. As you become proficient, you will strive to be a leader in my field with patients and
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Nursing, Advanced practice nurse, Registered nurse, APNs, nurse professional development