Board of Nursing to safeguard the health and safety of patients by ensuring

Board of nursing to safeguard the health and safety

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Board of Nursing to safeguard the health and safety of patients by ensuring that the Nurse Practitioner that is practicing in the state of Tennessee is qualified and licensed to do so (Tennessee Department of Health. 2019). In Tennessee, Nurse Practitioners are recognized as primary care providers. This means that they are able to provide a wide variety of care of basic health care services. This can include family, general, or internal medicine, as well as pediatricians and obstetricians. APNs are able to assess, diagnose, and manage acute and chronic illnesses. APNs can also write orders for referrals such as PT/OT/ST . They order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests. They are able to come up with treatment plans and recommendations for a variety of illnesses and provide teaching to the patient. They are, however required to practice under a physician’s supervision. The APN is able to perform a variety of small procedures as detailed by the facility in which they are working and with physician supervision. Ultimately the physician is responsible for the actions of the NP (Tennessee Scope of Practice Policy. 2018). As discussed above, Nurse Practitioners must have three quarter hours to obtain prescriptive authority. Once they are granted prescriptive authority from the State Board of
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APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL PLAN 4 Nursing they are able to write prescriptions for Schedule II-V controlled substances. The NP must consult with a physician before writing Schedule II-IV controlled substances (Tennessee Scope of Practice Policy. 2018). The state of Tennessee has restricted practice for NPs which means that supervision or delegation is required by another provider for the Nurse Practitioner to practice (American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 2018). Nurse Practitioner NONPF Core Competencies Nurse Practitioners are in charge of promoting health and managing disease in the patient. They complete advanced education and clinical training to be able to function in their role. The NONPF defines what requirements an APN should know once they graduate with a list of core competencies. Theses competencies apply to all nurse practitioners, regardless of their patient population or focus. The possession of these core competencies is of upmost importance for the practicing NP and ensure that the student graduates with comprehensive knowledge. The NONPF competencies are listed in nine categories; scientific foundations, leadership, quality, practice inquiry, technology and information literacy, policy, health delivery system, ethics, and independent practice. Scientific foundation competencies ensure that NP graduates have an understanding of the medical sciences and are able to think critically about data and how it applies to improving themselves through evidence based practice. Leadership competencies focus on making sure the nurse practitioner knows their scope of practice and are prepared to lead their healthcare team. To do this, the NP must have enhanced communication skills and be able to apply critical thinking to their leadership skills. Quality competencies refer to
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