Advanced Practice Nursing Paper

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The Indiana State Board of Nursing (2011) defines advanced practice nursing as a registered nurse who has attained advanced knowledge and skills through an organized program of study. The three categories of study include nurse practitioner, certified nurse mid-wife, or clinical nurse specialist. National certification is not required for nurse practitioners completing an accredited graduate program. However, if the continuing education is part of a certificate program then a national certification is required. Although certification is not required in Indiana, Riley Hospital for Children nurse practitioners are required to certify within one year of employment. The nurse practitioners on the Hematology/Oncology unit complete this certification through the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Board. The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (2015) requires annual renewal. This $270 certification is three hours long exam and consisting of 175 questions. The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Board website provides resources to prepare individuals for the exam. According to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (2015), in order to apply for prescriptive authority the advanced practice nurse needs at least 2 semester hours of a graduate level…show more content…
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