Essay on A Brief Note On An Advanced Practice Nurse
Seynor Massalee Kennedy
An Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) is a direct/indirect care individual who cares for patients and manages individuals and the community, nursing and health care organizations, administration, and the growth and application of health policy by using various forms of nursing interventions to change the outcome of health care (AACN, 2006).
APN has a patient-focused range of competencies that improve health outcomes for patients and populations in specialized clinical areas within the larger profession of nursing. Critical to these competencies is collaboration and leadership. In this field, research based evidence is being expanded to inform practice (Hamric, Hanson, O’Grady, 2014).
A nurse working in the role as an APN has completed a graduate level education from an accredited program; passed a national certification examination measuring the role of an APN with skills that focus on the populace; has acquired a license as an APN and maintains competencies through re-certification. The APN provides direct individual care, and a portion of indirect care by achieving advanced clinical knowledge and skills (Thompson, 2011). The purpose of this paper is to discuss the different roles of an advance practice nurse, practice environment, evaluate leadership roles and organizations participation, identify health policy issue and the NP role in implementing changes.