WEEK 1 Advanced Practice Nurse Will Pla

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The Advanced Practice Nurse will play a crucial role in advancement of the

healthcare system in the United States. There are several factors affecting today’s

healthcare system which will influenced the future development of the Advanced

Practice Nurse (APN) role. Some of the major factors include the evolving federal

and states laws, rapidly growing and aging population, increasing rates of chronic

diseases in children and adults, and the cost of healthcare. These challenges require

increase need for well trained healthcare professionals (OJN).

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that was singed into law

March 23, 2010 had the greatest impact in healthcare reform in the United States
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Currently only 19 states and the District of Columbia allow nurse practitioners to

practice independently of a physician. (KHN) The American Nurses Association

conducted a review of 19 studies in May 2010, which confirmed that care delivered

by a nurse equivalent is equivalent to care provided by a physician.. In addition, the

study showed that NP’s consistenly provided more patient care, follow-up, and

Consultation time, b(OOO)

Another factor that has impact on the future role of Advanced

Practice Nurse is the increase healthcare needs of the aging population and chronic

Diseases of children and adults. (Impact). More complex healthcare needs increases

The cost of healthcare. The cost of U.S. healthcare is $7,538 per capita spending.

This is nearly double than any other organization. (OJN) Nurse practitioner

Providing care in primary care is less costly than a physician since since they tend

to offer fewer to tests and expensive diagnostic procedure.

According to the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA, at least 55 million Americans live in areas with an inadequate supply of primary care doctors. Massachusetts has the most primary care doctors per capita; Mississippi has the fewest.
The nation would need more than 15,000 additional providers to meet the target ratio of one primary care practitioner for every 3,500 residents, according to
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