Advanced Practice Nursing: Similarities And Differences

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Advanced practice nursing (APN) can be defined in many ways and differs from basic nursing practice. ANA (2010) defines APN as incorporation and application of evidenced based practice that is accomplished during graduate school. The AACN distinguishes the role of the APN by stating that they have a direct clinical focus. AACN states that interventions taken by APNs have an impact on patient care outcomes. APNs must put patient care and health care policy first. Cockerham and Keeling define APN as specialist in nursing (2014). Each definition is very different, but they are all important concepts that make up the role of an APN. The ANA and APRN definations are very similar because they both put focus on the importance of evidenced based practice

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