NU510 W8 R2 The role of Advanced Practice Nurse
Title NU510 W8 R2 Prefered Language style English (U.S.)
Type of document Essay Number of pages/words 1 Page Double Spaced (approx 275 words per page)
Subject area Nursing Academic Level Master
Style APA Number of sources/references 3
10:30am Dec 18 at 10:30am
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Reflects on the achievement of Program Outcome # 4.
Integrate professional values through scholarship and service in health care. (Professional identity)
This course has helped greatly in my understanding of the different Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) roles. Learning all the roles in relation to the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) role has given me a broader understanding of where FNP fit into the healthcare system. It is important for me to view a broader scope of the profession and learn what the current Ohio laws and statutes are that will impact my practice. I really had little knowledge of the laws until this course. I also was not well-informed on current scope of practice challenges and what is being done to make changes in Ohio and other states. It was refreshing to finally take a course that provided endless amounts of crucial information that will directly affect me as an FNP and that I can commit to memory and use to become an FNP.
Reflects on the achievement of MSN Essentials II
Recognizes that organizational and systems leadership are critical to the promotion of high quality and safe patient care. Leadership skills are needed that emphasize ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems perspective.
APN do not function within a vacuum, as an island or independent of other systems. I have come to view the APN role as a collection of untapped expertise. I truly found the Complexity theory interesting as it is relevant to APN practice within the healthcare system. Complexity theory presupposes that everything in the system is related and affected by the other parts (Porter-O’Grady, & Malloch, 2015). Change is constant. APN will be defined (or not) in one way today, and something different the next day. What APN do in between will determine what the next day brings. This course has unveiled the possibilities for APN if we learn to develop leadership skills that are centered around ethical decision-making, inducing patient-centered changes and making a big impact. Leadership capability and capacity building are deemed essential to meet current and future challenges in a health care system that is undergoing major changes (Elliott, 2017). There is so much potential in APN to positively impact the healthcare systems which directly impacts high-quality, safe patient care with improved patient outcomes. According to Higgins et. al. (2014), APN leadership capability has been increasingly highlighted as an important factor in the provision of improved patient outcomes in all settings. This, unfortunately, is not going to magically transpire. It will take APN advocating for themselves as well as advocating for patients and healthcare system improvements to create changes which will allow APN to work to the full extent of their licensure and skills.
Reflects on the achievement of NONPF Competency # 2
The NONPF Competency #2 impresses that APN learn to assume leadership roles which can initiate and guide complex healthcare changes and improvements which improves access to care while providing high-quality and cost-effective care to every patient in all settings. APN must develop professional skills which come through knowledge, scholarship and involvement in organizations. The biggest and most influential take-away from this course for me will be that APN must become involved as leaders for change within the healthcare system- changes in the system, within the legislation and for the profession itself. Courses such as this provide views which are central to the APN practice and profession. It has taught me not to look at the APN profession as it is now, but how it could be once all APN advocate for themselves and their patients. When I began as a Registered Nurse (RN), I really wanted to change patient’s lives for the better because of the interactions that they had with me. It was quite a shock to learn that it takes so much more to effect change than just the desire and motivation to makes things better. In completing this course, I feel more confident that, with almost two decades of experience, I may finally be moving in a direction where I can make lives better. It makes me want to get involved, jump into the fray and do something transformational. It is this ripple effect, like in the complexity theory, that I imagine when I think about where I am headed. The future can be whatever we choose to make of it.
Thank you, Professor Malcolm for your time and cheery disposition. You are affecting change in every person you teach.
Elliott, N. (2017). Building leadership capacity in advanced nurse practitioners ‐ the role of organizational management. Journal of Nursing Management (25), 77– 81.
Higgins, A., Begley, C., Lalor, J., Coyne, I., Morphy, K., & Elliott, N. (2014). Factors influencing advanced practitioners’ ability to enact leadership: A case study within Irish healthcare. Journal of Nursing Management (22), 894– 905.
Porter-O’Grady, T., & Malloch, K. (2015). Quantum leadership: Building better partnerships for sustainable health (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
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