Advanced Practice Nursing Roles

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The different types of advanced practice nursing roles are the nurse practitioner, the nurse educator, nurse administrator and the nurse informaticist. These roles can be further defined by clinical versus non-clinical practice. While all of these roles require a graduate level education or greater, such as a Doctorate, the setting for practice and role in the health care industry do differ.
According to the website Healthleadersmedia.com, the nurse practitioners role is to “focus on health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention, and diagnosing and managing acute and chronic illnesses (Olson, 2014). While some may equate nurse practitioners as solely functioning in community based primary care situations, advance practice nurses can
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Nurse administrators are also educated at a masters degree or above, and function in an executive leadership position within the health care framework in a non-clinical setting. The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) states that with the ever-changing world of healthcare presenting new challenges, AONE recognizes that “excellent leadership is essential to ensure excellent patient care” (AONE, n.d.). This position is granted the authority and responsibility for maintaining accountability within the division of their nursing staff in its entirety. They are also responsible for organizing and coordinating nursing functions within an institution, accountable for providing high quality, cost effective care, designing and implementing strategies for increasing staff and patient satisfaction, fiscal responsibilities, and acting as a leadership role model to others, in addition to many other job functions (AONE, …show more content…
Family nurse practitioners most often work in primary care offices, but they can also work in multiple different hospital settings, clinics, and outpatient settings. The general scope of practice of a family nurse practitioner involves reviewing family health histories and documentation; physical exams; diagnosing acute health issues and prescribing treatment; ordering, interpreting and analyzing lab and xray results, prescribing medications, and preventative patient health education (nursinglicensemap, 2013). The scope of practice is role specific depending upon which state you practice in. Currently, each State Board of Nursing determines the regulations and laws that apply to nurse practitioners and this information is outlined in the Nurse Practice Act. In the state of South Carolina, an advanced practice registered nurse is defined by the Nurse Practice Act as “a registered nurse who is prepared for an advanced practice registered nurse role by virtue of additional knowledge and skills gained through an advanced formal education program of nursing in a specialty area that is approved by the board” (South Carolina Board Of Nursing, n.d.). The Nurse Practice Act goes on the further define a nurse practitioner as “a registered nurse who has completed an advanced formal education program at the master’s level

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