Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies And Professional Organizations

1380 WordsJul 22, 20166 Pages
In 1990, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), a United States-based organization which represented over 90% of academic institutions with nurse practitioner (NP) education programs, released the first set of entry into practice core competencies (Duller, 2013, p .71). Nurse practitioner core competencies integrate and build upon existing Masters and DNP core competencies and are guidelines for educational programs preparing NPs to implement the full scope of practice as a licensed independent practitioner ( NONPF, 2011). By interviewing an advanced nurse practitioner, I will be able to discuss the nine nurse practitioner core competencies and how they relate to APN practice. NONPF Core Competencies The first competency area is scientific foundation competency. This competency critically analyzes data and evidence for improving advanced nursing practice. Nurse practitioners rely on scientific competency to integrate research, theory and knowledge into practice. Research of their practice will allow NPs to influence public policy through participation in professional organizations and in health policy activities at the local, state, national and international levels (Sherwood, Brown, Fay, & Wardell, 2012, para. 6). The leadership competency assumes complex and advanced roles to initiate and guide change. Leadership fosters collaboration of healthcare members to work together to provide quality, safe and effective patient care. An effective
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