No laws or regulations prevent NPs from admitting patients to the hospital from

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occupational therapy (Virginia Board of Nursing, 2016). No laws or regulations prevent NPs from admitting patients to the hospital, from holding hospital privileges and from being primary care providers (PCPs). APRNs are allowed to prescribe Schedule II to VI medications given they have this authorization outlined in a written practice agreement with a supervising physician in addition to a written protocol. Personal Assessment Before a new APN enters the workforce, it is important to perform a thorough personal assessment to determine their strengths, weaknesses, goals, objectives and identify the opportunities 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 novice stage. Strengths One of the biggest strength of a new APN is the vast knowledge on the evidence based nursing practice. New APN can apply this knowledge into clinical practice to provide safe,
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4 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN effective, quality care to patients (Hellier, & Cline, 2016). The knowledge enhances confidence in fulfilling the expectations and responsibilities of APNs. In our professional role as APNs, we are responsible to care for others. Communication is important during caring for patients. Patients and providers must communicate. Good, and productive communication is associated with diagnostic accuracy, patient’s adherence to medical regiment, patient safety and satisfaction (Koo, Horowitz, Radice, Wang, & Kleinman, 2016). Our strength lies on our ability to giving full attention to what other people said, to explain, listen and empathize. Our precision and great attention to detail are what setting us apart from the rest. Weaknesses Lack of clinical experience makes you feel insecure and insufficiently prepared to begin practice. Your clinical decision making is clouded by a heavy fog of doubt. You are asking million questions every day. Even you patients would know that you don’t know what you are doing. Fitzpatrick, & Gripshover (2016) coined the term “transition shock” as the experience of moving from the student role to an unfamiliar territory of APN. This gap between expectations and practice causes stress, anxiety, doubts their choice of career and the investment of the years of study. However, as the New APN acquires competence in performing patient care, she/he will become more confident and will take on more responsibilities, and more importantly strive to meet role expectations. Goals Setting 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 national certification exam for recognition to practice. Following certification, NP will need to secure employment which will enable to apply the knowledge and skills learned/gained in school to
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5 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN practice. Provide acute, chronic, and preventative care for patients of all ages is the main goal of NP. As you become proficient, you will strive to be a leader in my field with patients and
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