Policy Goals and Objectives Essay

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All boards of nursing should be part of the APRN compact and adopt the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, to ensure consistency in accreditation, education, and certification. This would allow all APRNs to be licensed to the same standard, and allow for cross-state practice. Policy Options Three policy options have been identified: Option 1 The first option explores the ‘do nothing’ approach: This option explores the outcomes measured by a set of specified criteria if no action were to be taken with regards to standardized licensure. Option 2 The second option explores the incremental implementation of the following changes: 1. Establish uniform regulatory model and a permanent LACE structure. At present, there is no…show more content…
When a program prepares individuals in a narrow area of practice, the professionals will not be able to provide a more extensive scope of services to patient populations when needed (Stanley, 2009). Establishing standardized education and certification requirements of APRN licensure would eliminate this uncertainty and concern (Stanly, 2009). Also, new APRN programs must go through preapproval as part of the accreditation process before they can admit students (Chornick, 2010). 3. Institute standard licensure across all states. Licensure is permission granted by an agency or state to an individual to practice a profession. It also prevents others from practicing illegally (Smolenski, 2005). If this is what licensure portrays, APRNs should have been able to work in the whole of the U.S. Each state grants its own rights within the framework of its nurse practice act. Some practice acts are broad and allow nurses and APRNs to practice with few limitations, whereas others are narrow and limiting. Sometimes, it is not surprising for an APRN who has vast experience to move to another state to be denied access to practice (Smolenski, 2005). A multi-state compact for registered nurses was introduced in 2004 to allow mobility for RNs across states. APRNs today find that both uniformity and standards and mutual recognition of their advanced practice expertise lag behind their RN status (Philipsen & Haynes, 2007). If this barrier is
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