The Role Of A Nurse Practitioner?

1413 Words Sep 28th, 2014 6 Pages
Role is a function played by an individual or particular group of individual in a particular situation. It includes connected obligations, behaviors, rights, beliefs, and norms as theorized by people in a social state. The role of a nurse practitioner (NP) started to manifest in the mid-1960s. This came as a response to the nationwide physicians’ shortage. The NPs were then classified under the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) umbrella. The origin of the NP role in the United States came through the effort of Loretta Ford (RN) and Henry Silver a pediatrician who had insight for the nurses to be developed and be more effectively used to improve the health care. The demand for primary healthcare was increasing as physician were moving to areas of specialty because of the associated income, lifestyle incentives and status. The nurses were to fill the gap. To realize this, education was essential. The nurses where then equipped with skills of performing developmental tests, history taking, doing evaluative procedures, some laboratory procedures and physical examination and referral for medical care that traditionally had been a medicine domain (O’Brien, 2003). Acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) is an advance practice registered nurse who hold a master or doctoral degree with advance knowledge and skills to provide advanced nursing care to patients with complex acute, critical and chronic health. The acute care nurse practitioner specializes in the management and care…
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