Role Of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

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The advanced practice registered nurses are the registered nurses who had been prepared through advanced graduate education; either has a master’s or doctorate degree in the field of nursing. According to the American Nurses Association (2008), advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) is an umbrella term and incorporates four roles: clinical nurse specialists (CNS), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), certified nurse midwives (CNM), and nurse practitioners (NP). The APRN is educated in one of these four roles and at least one of six population foci: family and individual across the life span, adult-gerontology, pediatrics, neonatal, women’s health, and mental health. The APRN role that I am planning to pursue is the Adult-Gerontology …show more content…
I think it will definitely take more time to adapt to the new role of the NP. However, this first clinical experience had contributed a little in this transformation process. As a RN, we were trained to provide focus and goal-driven care to our patients. However, the role of DNP is much more than providing care to the patient. For example: both RNs and NPs conduct physical exam for assessment and differentiate normal from abnormal findings. The RN will report any abnormal findings to the physician, NP, or physician assistant. However, a NP will need to solve the problem, thus are involved in analyzing and interpreting the findings. Finally, NP arrives at a diagnosis based on the findings and evidences from a physical exam, screening test, and diagnostic test. The NP also develops treatment plan and implement evidence-based practice. I think that NP are now responsible to answer “so what” question. In the clinical, I see high potassium level and now I need to find the cause and treat the problem. But as a RN, I could just report and follow the order of a provider. Therefore, I believe that NP has an autonomy and authority over diagnosis and management of the …show more content…
I see a shortage of primary care providers in rural areas as a challenge for the healthcare system. So, it would be a dream come true if I as an adult-geriatric nurse practitioner be accessible to my patient. I have a vision to build an environment where nurse practitioners can come together in partnership and provide accessible health services for underserved and vulnerable people. At my current clinical site, there are six physicians and three nurse practitioners. The NPs work in a collaborative team with the patient primary care provider. The team of NPs and physicians are interdependent on each other and this collaborative approach allows for timely access to appointments, improved quality of care and ultimately results in better health outcomes. The NPs have more flexible schedule and patient are able to get an appointment within a day to 15 days. On the other hand, the physicians scheduled are booked at least for next 3 months. Therefore, I believe that the access to healthcare can be improved significantly as a DNP prepared primary care nurse

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