The Pros And Cons Of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

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Advanced Practice Registered Nurses(APRNs) have expanded in numbers and competencies over the past several years. Because of the increasing needs of APRNs, they are being highly valued and became an integral part of the healthcare system. APRNs include Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Certified nurse-midwives, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Certified Nurse Practitioners. Each has a distinct history and context but shares the commonality of being APRNs. They are educationally prepared to presume responsibility and liability for health promotion or maintenance, assessment, diagnosis and management of patient problems which includes the use and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. Since the health care system …show more content…

Each state regulates APRNs legal scope of practice and the certification examinations for entry level competence assessment. For example, who can perform micro-dermabrasion and is it under the scope of practice? This lack of standardized criteria has generated a remarkable barrier for advanced nurses to move from state to state and has reduced access to patient care. It is crucial to align the education, accreditation, certification and licensure of APRNs to meet the increasing demand of advanced nurses for the current and future needs of patients and safety of the healthcare system. For this reason, the APRN Consensus Work Group and the National Council of State Board of Nursing’s (2011) APRN Advisory Committee suggested a APRN Consensus Model. According to this committee, many benefits are attainable with the APRNs Consensus Model. There will be consistency in the scope of practice across all the states. Future APRNs would have confidence in the quality of education programs. Board of Nursing would be able to meet equal requirements and able to ensure public protection. If new regulatory models merge, then APRNs will be an active participant in the political field to form a dynamic and evolving system that is reactive to healthcare environment, permit APRNS to practice to full extent of their education in a collaborative environment equally with other team members …show more content…

I prefer joining American Association of Nurse Practitioner (AANP). The mission is to lead nurse practitioners in transforming patient centered healthcare through practice, education advocacy, research and leadership; increase public awareness and work toward globalization. It is an organization working to ensure that all services provided by NPs are directly accessible to patients. It works with legislators, regulators and entities to choose policies that recognize the signature of nurse practitioners on forms for care that is within the scope of practice of the advanced nurses. AANP calls on policymakers to make full use of NPs so that healthcare needs are met in the state. Patients have the right to choose NP as their primary care provider and that care is covered under the insurance

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