The Role Of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

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As the young and rapidly-aging population continues to increase, the demands of primary, acute and chronic disease management will also increase. As a result, more health care professionals who provide primary care will be needed to meet these demands. Thus, the emergence of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) evolve. APRN is a nurse who has completed a graduate degree and has acquired advanced knowledge and skills. APRNs are grounded with theory, concepts and principles that enable them to assess, diagnose, treat and manage their patients. APRNs can work in conjunction with other health care professionals or independently. APRNs improve access to health care by providing care in the rural and underserved areas. APRNs also reduce the cost to health care (Joel, 2013). APRNs are structured by the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. The model was created by the APRN Consensus Work Group and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) APRN Advisory Committee. This was developed to provide consistency so that the standards and scope of practice of APRNs will be the same (APRN, 2008). Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) covers four types: Certified Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Clinical Nurse Specialists. Certified Nurse Practitioners A Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) must possess a current active registered nurse licensure. A CNP must finish a graduate nursing program that is accredited by
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