The Role Of A Nurse Practitioner As An Advocate And Teacher

1380 Words Jun 11th, 2016 6 Pages
The advanced practice nurse embraces various roles to promote healthy lifestyles. The responsibility of this profession ventures beyond diagnosing and treating patients. The primary healthcare nurse practitioner (PHCNP) represents a “unique form of change agent for delivering services differently in a manner giving primacy to health and human complexity while delivering primary care medical services as a means of increasing and maintaining access”(Kooienga & Carryer, 2015, p. 806). APNs have emerged as advocates for their community and must rely on evidence-based practice to ensure that they provide quality service. Educating patients and integrating culturally competent care allows the APN to improve services to within the community. This paper will address the active role of the nurse practitioner as an advocate and teacher. It will also explore the impact of evidence-based practice and complementary therapies that are utilized by different cultures.

The role of the APN as an advocate

Advocacy is defined as the “act of pleading another person’s case in which the endpoint is the health and welfare of the public”(Hamric, Hanson, Tracy, & O’Grady, 2014, p. 287). The APN has a specific role in promoting health policy issues. It is their responsibility to engage in the legislation that governs their practice on a state and federal level. Barriers that prevent APN from practicing to the full extent of their expertise include limited autonomy in some states and being recognize…
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