Np Trends

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Issues and Trends Nurse practitioners (NPs) have ultimately evolved into important caregivers in healthcare today. The NP scope of practice is one that has varying limitations in different states, but provides the same outcome of improving patient care overall. This paper will discuss the NP role, will differentiate between licensure and certification, will explain the NP scope of practice, and will explain the healthcare policy and legislation. Nurse Practitioner Role A role is defined as a predetermined behavior connected to a person within an organization (“Role,” n.d.). A role can also be one’s position or functional status. In general, the role of a nurse practitioner was discovered in the 1960s as a way to provide primary care to the…show more content…
The history of the FNP stemmed from the evolving history of the NP created by Loretta Ford and Dr. Henry Silver. The FNP is an advanced practice nurse who specializes in care from childhood to adulthood. In particular, the FNP cares for patients across the lifespan, generally in a primary care office setting. One of the first FNP programs was birthed at the University of Washington in 1971 (AANP, 2015). By 1973, there were 65 FNP programs across the United…show more content…
The healthcare facility is in charge of reviewing the NP’s education, certifications, training, skills, and licensure. In some states, a collaborative agreement must be in place prior to credentialing. A collaborative agreement is made between a NP and a collaborating physician that allows the NP to treat patients independently according to specific guidelines. The healthcare facility then credentials the NP. The NP should also seek to get credentialing from insurance companies in order to bill patients for treatments. Privileging grants permission from the credentialing healthcare facility to the NP to provide specific aspects of care to patients. In order to be privileged to perform a specific task, one must be competent enough to do so (Bruch & Wilkerson, 2010). Both credentialing and privileging are equally important aspects in providing patient care (Hittle,

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