The ARPN Consensus Model

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According to the ARPN Consensus Model, there are three core courses that educational programs must provide; these courses are: advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and health assessment (Holley, 2016). While entry-level nurses are trained in these areas, the APN is further trained in creating a diagnosis differential, anticipating which medications will be appropriate, and utilizing a more thorough assessment. In my current role as a floor RN, I know why I am giving certain medications and what they are used for and I am able to identify and report abnormal clinical findings. As an APN student, I am learning how to take these abnormal findings and create an advanced plan of care that involves identifying and treating the cause.
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