Family Nurse Practitioner

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Family Nurse Practitioner Studying to be an advanced practice nurse (ANP), one has several avenues to consider. A student may choose one of the following areas to study, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. All of these choices begin with the same studies, such as role of ANP, pathophysiology, pharmacology, advanced nursing I and II, research and theory courses to mention a few. Research shows that APNs are a valuable part of the healthcare team, they are poised to help bridge the gap between patients and primary health care in the 21st century. The largest gap between patients and primary health care appears to be in the rural areas of the United…show more content…
This role promotes patient health, preventative health, as well as patient safety and patient education. APNs use practice protocols that provide an effective method of organizing treatment for a disease and control the process of care delivery (Institute of Medicine, 2012). The APNs have the ability to provide these services because of the high standards of education and board testing that is required of them. Transitioning from RN to APN, can sometimes be a difficult task. There are changes in scope of practice, expanded levels of autonomy, skill and decision making. Focusing on the roll transition early in educational process helps promote adaptation and adjustment to the APN role in clinical setting after graduation (Spoelstra & Robbins,…show more content…
Because this is such a difficult task, it is important to be fully aware of the upcoming sacrifices, and duties that lie ahead of students who wish to transition. Those who were asked to participate in the study were on-line students, it first and foremost, described the premise of web-based courses was that student must understand basic elements of the APN role before they can begin to progress toward achieving clinical expertise and specializations. The study was conducted by mailing 34 packets to first semester students in Masters of Science Nursing programs. They included basic demographic survey, consent and an envelope to mail information back in (Spoelstra & Robbins, 2012). At the beginning of the study only 24 packets were returned. The data was analyzed, and it was clear that all 24 of the students had the following three themes in mind. Importance of building a framework for nursing practice, it was clear from the 24 responses that the consensus was they provide patient care not based on evidence-based practice but using framework instead. Importance of direct patient care, the performance of patient assessment was of highest importance, for with this, one can diagnose illness, predict trajectories, as well as encourage preventative health promotion. Finally comprehension of the importance if exemplification of

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