Unit 1 Discussion 2 – Evolution of the APRN and Comparing Roles of the APRN
This unit is an overview of the variety of advanced practice roles, titles as well as services provided to include roles and responsibilities. Theoretical concepts are important to understand where the APRN stemmed from and where we are strides are being made to impact practice in the future.
Evaluate and discuss the emerging roles of the advanced practice nurse role. (Course objective 1, 2)
Examine advanced practice nurse roles utilizing a theoretical perspective. (Course objective 1, 2)
Evaluate advanced practice roles from a global perspective. (Course objective 1,2)
1. Now that you have a little experience in learning about the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), have you worked with or have you received care from an APRN, what has been your experience with this?
2. How has your view of the role of the APRN changed prior to beginning the program? What has been your biggest revelation about the role of the APRN?
3. What information would you like to share with others about the role of the APRN? Also fucus on Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner PMHNP role specifically.
4. Why are advanced nurse practitioners important?
5. What is the nurse practitioner impact on health care?
Advanced nursing care (ANP)
Advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) play a critical role in developing and maintaining the capacity and capability of the future health and care workforce.
What do we do?
Support the education, training, and development of ANPs to the level of experienced and highly educated registered nurses, capable of managing a person’s care in its entirety and not limited to a single condition.
What exactly is advanced practice?
Advanced practice is a practice level, not a type or specialty of practice. It is supported by four pillars:
Clinical practice leadership facilitates evidence-based learning, research, and development
ANPs are educated to the master’s level and are certified to practice at the advanced level.
As a clinical leader, they have the authority and freedom to act while accepting responsibility and accountability for their actions.
This level of practice is distinguished by autonomous decision making for people with complex multidimensional needs, which includes assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, including prescribing.
Decisions are made based on high-level expert knowledge and skills, as well as the authority to refer, admit, and discharge patients in appropriate clinical areas.
ANPs can work in or across all clinical settings as part of a multidisciplinary team, depending on their area of expertise.