The Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice paper is worth 150 points and will be graded on the quality of the content, use of citations, use of Standard English grammar, sentence structure, and overall organization based on the required components as summarized in the directions and grading criteria/rubric.
Submit the paper as a Microsoft Word Document, which is the required format at Chamberlain University. You are encouraged to use the APA Academic Writer and Grammarly tools when creating your assignment.
Follow the directions below and the grading criteria located in the rubric closely. Any questions about this paper may be posted under the Q & A Forum or emailed to your faculty.
The length of the paper should be 3-6 pages, excluding title page and reference page(s).
Support ideas with a minimum of 2 scholarly resources. Scholarly resources do not include your textbook. You may need to use more than 2 scholarly resources to fully support your ideas.
You may use first person voice when describing your rationale for choosing the CNP role and your plans for clinical practice.
Current APA format is required with both a title page and reference page(s). Use the following as Level 1 headings to denote the sections of your paper (Level 1 headings use upper- and lower-case letters and are bold and centered):
Roles in Advanced Practice Nursing (This is the paper introduction. In APA format, a restatement of the paper title, centered and not bold serves as the heading of the introduction section)
Four APN Roles
Rationale for Choosing CNP Role
Plans for Clinical Practice
Introduction: Provide an overview of what will be covered in the paper. Introduction should include general statements on advanced practice nursing roles, general statements on the role transition from RN to APN, and identification of the purpose of the paper.
Four APN Roles: Describe the role, educational preparation, and work environment for the four APN roles (CNP, CNS, CRNA & CNM). Provide support from at least one scholarly source.
Rationale for Choosing CNP Role: Describe your rationale for choosing the CNP advanced practice role versus one of the other roles.
Plans for Clinical Practice: Discuss your plans for clinical practice after graduation. Explain how your understanding of NP practice has changed after researching the four ANP roles.
Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice
Advanced Practice Nurses have obtained education, practice requirements, and mostly provide services in community-based settings (Allsop, Morphet, Lee & Cook, 2021). They are at the forefront in preventive care services to members of the public. They offer new and effective ways of increasing access to qualified practitioners for patients and families. APN should be based on theory and research as essential guides to clinical practice. Transitioning from RN to APN requires a series of educational programs to enhance understanding of various nursing theories and practices that facilitates delivery of quality healthcare (Allsop, Morphet, Lee & Cook, 2021). The paper will discuss the plans for the Rationale for Choosing CNP Role and clinical practice and role transition.
Four APN Roles
Nurse practitioners undertake various functions in a clinical system, such as providing primary and acute healthcare across lifespan through diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illnesses. They provide specialty care to patients by collaborating closely with other healthcare providers such as doctors (Allsop, Morphet, Lee & Cook, 2021). Besides managing common health conditions, they also conduct physical examination and diagnosis. They order diagnostic tests and prescribe therapeutic. They might provide family healthcare or limit their practice to a given population such as children or adults. Certified Nurse-Midwives provide essential gynaecological and productive healthcare services. They provide prenatal and postnatal healthcare. Moreover, they exercise delivery services as well as primary healthcare services to delivering women. Nonetheless, they offer essential family planning counselling and preconception care to their Patients. Certified Nurse-Midwives have adequate training in issues concerning delivery and labor. However, they are required to consult with physicians when they are presented with challenging circumstances during pregnancy.
Clinic Nurse Specialists are experts in given areas of nursing practice. They may focus on selected patient population or individual patients. They provide diagnosis, treatment, as well as ongoing management of patients. Nonetheless, they provide expertise and support to other nurses caring for patients to achieve best possible outcome of patients. They must have leadership and management skills in particular healthcare setting where they are involved. On the other hand, certified registered aesthesia provides range of anaesthesia and pain management practices to patients. Every year millions of patients require anaesthesia during medical procedures that come with unbearable pain. Nurse anaesthesia provides care for patients, before, during, and after the surgical procedures (Allsop, Morphet, Lee & Cook, 2021). They conduct anesthesia administration and monitor their patients throughout the medical procedures and recovery process.
Rationale for Choosing CNP Role
Becoming a certified nursing practitioner is an exciting practice in the field of nursing. For instance, it presents an intellectual challenge and requires thoughtful steps to ensure quality care delivery to patients (Ko, Burson & Mianecki, 2019). It presents opportunity to solve challenges in the nursing practice. Thus, nursing practitioners are required to have a masters or doctorate. Besides, nursing practitioners have the autonomy to start their private practice. Thus, many ambitious individuals would seek this line of practice. Nurse practitioners have high return on investment. Despite working hard and saving the lives of patients, they also earn competitive salaries. Besides, nurse practitioners’ schools are affordable compared to medical schools increasing the opportunity cost. Nonetheless, the practice comes with other benefits such as paid time off, health insurance, continues education, and professional liability insurance, among others (Ko, Burson & Mianecki, 2019). The nurses have many opportunities since they can practice across all healthcare settings, such as retail clinics and psychiatric hospitals.
Plans for Clinical Practice
After graduating with my nursing degree, I would seek to get better in my field of practice and provide challenges to the nursing practice at a higher level of practice. That is, I would want to continue to gain knowledge to become an expert. I want to provide high-quality patient-centred care as a leading practitioner or a front-runner in my field. I would want to show my value as an employee by doing jobs that most people find difficult to execute. I want to continue with my education to achieve more academic credential and practice at the highest level of nursing in my field. For instance, gaining technological and software skills related to my skills would give me a vast opportunity to practice. I would collaborate with others and elevate those with who we seek to achieve similar health objectives.
Transitioning from RN to NP is the dream of every nurse since it comes with increased knowledge, wages, and freedom for practice. However, it is required that nurses have prior RN nursing experience before they can make the transition to NP (Allsop, Morphet, Lee & Cook, 2021). I understand the practice difference between the two levels of nursing, and this has made me embrace the changes that occur during the transition process. I have relied on Benner’s theory of transition to guide my transition process. The drive to be an expert has been a significant motivating factor to me concerning the need to undergo a transition. The need to be autonomous and embark on private practice was also an important factor for transition. Transition from RN to NP role is a crucial step towards career growth and development but also provides opportunity to provide quality care services.
Becoming an advance practice nurse provide opportune to nurses to practice at higher level and solve most difficult challenges in the field of nursing. There are various APN roles depending on the field of nursing that an individual decides to pursue. However, certified nurse practitioner provides an interesting filed of practice for people intending to execute various critical issues in the nursing field. Every nurse should have plans for clinical practice after graduation. It is an opportunity to develop career growth plan and contribution in the healthcare system. While various issues inform role transitioning from RN to NP, it is an important undertaking that ensures increased knowledge and provision of quality care and nurses are required to take the transition.
Allsop, S., Morphet, J., Lee, S., & Cook, O. (2021). Exploring the roles of advanced practice nurses in the care of patients following fragility hip fracture: A systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77(5), 2166-2184.
Ko, A., Burson, R., & Mianecki, T. (2019). Advanced nursing practice roles: Closing the knowledge gap. Nursing management, 50(3), 26-36.