The Role Of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

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This paper will focus on the role of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), specifically highlighting the family practitioner and the integral role played with the underserved. The focus will be on a San Diego nurse’s journey to become an APRN and her work in giving back to underserved communities throughout the county. Mary Baker, MSN, RN, CNS, FNP-BC, APHN-BC continues to contribute to nursing as part of her dedication to serving the underserved.
Historical Perspective
According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (N.D.), the progression of the advanced practice nurse (APN) began nearly 50 years ago. From the advent of the first APN program to the over 350 accredited programs and over 222,000 certified nurse practitioners in the United States, the role of the APN has significantly increased and expanded a profession to better improve healthcare for Americans (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, N.D., American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2016). Of these, more than half are in the field of family practitioners (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2016).
One such family pracitioner began her journey nearly a decade ago. Following a career in information technology, Mary Baker completed her nursing degree at California State University San Marcos in 2009 and continued to pursue her advanced practice nursing degree as a family nurse practitioner. In 2014, she obtained her national certification as a family nurse practitioner as well as

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