Barnes 2015 stated that years of nursing experience are reported to provide a

Barnes 2015 stated that years of nursing experience

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Barnes (2015) stated that years of nursing experience are reported to provide a sound foundation, and help facilitate the transition to an NP role. However, another study found no significant relationship between years of prior nursing experience and NP clinical skills (Barnes, 2015). A decline in bedside nurses and the increase of NPs with limited clinical experience are considered the disadvantages of the rapid growth of NPs. With the competing advantages and disadvantages of NP growth in the country, policies are in place to allow or limit the autonomy for NP practice. While some states allow NPs to practice independently, other states limit NPs in their ability to care and manage patient treatments and prescribe medications. The ability of NPs to practice independently is regulated by the state’s scope of practice regulations, governed by state law under their respective Nurse Practice Act, and administered by the Board of Nursing of each state (Xue et al., 2016). In Florida, the state law requires career-long supervision by a medical provider for an NP to provide patient care (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2018). Meanwhile, other states allow full NP practice including ordering and interpreting diagnostic procedures, and prescribing medications and controlled substances (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2018).To address the concern on bedside nursing shortage, policies to ensure funding fornursing education should be lobbied by nurses to lawmakers. Hospital policies should provide good financial incentives for bedside nurses, flexible working hours, and manageable staffing ratios (Grant, 2016). In the facility where I currently work, an incentive program for bedside nurses called Competency and Clinical Advancement
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Program was developed recognizing and rewarding bedside nurses for taking steps to improve their knowledge and improve their direct patient care competencies. This has
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