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During first week in this course we examined the four different roles of the APRN. This week’s discussion specifically addressed the MSN Essential IXfor me, the discussions helped me to see the broad range of ways the master’s prepared nurse can affect healthcare. I now have a better understanding of each of the four roles, and specifically the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role. I have had interactions with CNSs in the past, but I’vehad a hard time understanding exactly what their roles and responsibilities are. Week two also touched on this Essential, we discussed nursing theory and reflected on how nursing theory is still important to the APRN and how it can continue to evolve and borrow from other sciences. In the last post ofweek two we talked about integrative abilities, this post really reflects how important it is for the APRN to pull information together from various areas to complete a project. The completed project may directly affect a patient, or it may affect the way care is delivered to a patient. This, to me, really illustrates MSN Essential IX.Finally, throughout the entire course I developed greater understanding of the Leadership Competencies. However, during week four we discussed the various actions that could be taken to resolve the issue of a medical assistant providing an antibiotic prescription without authorization. Week four’s discussions really demonstrated the ways in which, as a CNP, I will need to step up and think critically to resolve conflicts and work as a leader in my practice. Most recently, during week seven we discussed the ways we can resolve differences between ourselves and physicians about scope of practice issues. Week seven’s discussion posts really tied all of the seven competencies together for me. I learned how we can work with organizations to advocate for independent practice for APRNs in our individual states, and how we can work with other disciplines to do so. Overall, what I appreciated the most about this class was how much we studied our individual states laws and regulations regarding our scope of practice. ReplyShow Less
Chioma Ejemolereply to Rachel Reid4/17/2017 2:21:23 PMRE: ReflectionGreat post Rachel, I agree with you that we have learned a lot from this course. There are so many topics and issues that I personally would not have thought about, example is the issues like the one we discussed in week 4 about the medical assistant. It really opened our eyes to some of the ethical and legal challenges that we will come across during the course of our career. That discussion topic was really an eyeopener for me. Another one that really drive home was leadership and collaboration in healthcare. It made us to understand that collaboration in healthcare was very important for a positive patient outcome. This is supported by Andregard, & Jenglnad (2015) which states that a team approach cam contribute importantly to sustainable and safe patient care. We also learned