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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner

Eva Jangland, Pia Yngman Uhlin, Erebouni Arakelian
The position of Nurse Practitioner is a new role in Nordic countries. The transition from a registered nurse to the Nurse Practitioner role has been reported to be a personal challenge. This study, guided by the Nordic theoretical model for use in the education of advanced practice nurses, represents a unique opportunity to describe this transition for newly graduated Nurse Practitioners in an interprofessional surgical care team in Sweden. The aim was to explore how the first Nurse Practitioners in surgical care experienced the transition into a new role and what competences they used in the team...
October 15, 2016: Nurse Education in Practice
Martin Duignan, Mary McGibney
BACKGROUND: Patellar dislocations are common, particularly in the adolescent polulation. Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners are healthcare professionals who can appropriately manage these injuries to minimise the risk of chronicity. METHODS: This is a case study which uses a clinical examplar from the authors practice focusing on the assessment, diagnosis and managment of patellar dislocations. Particular reference is made of the significance of the MPFL. RESULTS: This paper highlights the importance of recognition of appropriate management of patellar dislocations in the ED setting...
October 17, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
Doreen C Harper, Teena M McGuinness, Jean Johnson
BACKGROUND: The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree positions nurse practitioners (NPs) and other advanced practice registered nurses, with clinical competencies similar to other disciplines requiring doctoral education (medicine, physical therapy, psychology, and pharmacy). In addition, all these disciplines also offer residencies. However, nursing is the only discipline that does not require a doctoral degree and/or have a systematic approach to residency training for advanced practice roles...
August 31, 2016: Nursing Outlook
Manuela Ferrari, Farah Ahmad, Yogendra Shakya, Cliff Ledwos, Kwame McKenzie
BACKGROUND: The worldwide rise in common mental disorders (CMDs) is posing challenges in the provision of and access to care, particularly for immigrant, refugee and racialized groups from low-income backgrounds. eHealth tools, such as the Interactive Computer-Assisted Client Assessment Survey (iCCAS) may reduce some barriers to access. iCCAS is a tablet-based, touch-screen self-assessment completed by clients while waiting to see their family physician (FP) or nurse practitioner (NP)...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
Amanda Locke, Norifumi Kamo
Access to mental health providers has become an increasingly common challenge for many patients with depression and anxiety disorders. Primary care providers often manage this gap in care and currently provide solo care without the assistance of other team members. In order to provide quality care that aligns with best practice, we developed a depression and anxiety disorder treatment pathway utilizing a multidisciplinary team based on each members' individual skill set, or skill-task alignment. The main change to treatment implemented by the pathway was the addition of a clinical pharmacist in the management of patient care...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
Judy L LeFlore, Patricia E Thomas
Educational factors limit the number of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) graduates to meet the growing workforce demands. Healthcare dynamics are necessitating a shift in how nursing education envisions, creates, and implements clinical learning opportunities. The current clinical education model in APRN programs continues to be the same as it was 45 years ago when the student numbers were much smaller. New approaches in graduate nursing education are needed to address the shortage of APRNs in primary and acute care areas...
July 2016: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
Mary Benbenek, Mary Dierich, Jean Wyman, Melissa Avery, Catherine Juve, Jane Miller
Determining when advanced practice registered nurse students are safe and competent for beginning-level practice is challenging. This article describes the development and testing of a capstone objective structured clinical examination designed to evaluate the practice readiness of students enrolled in the family, adult-gerontology, women's health nurse practitioner, and nurse-midwifery tracks. Lessons learned from this process and how they were used to enhance the curricula are discussed.
June 7, 2016: Nurse Educator
Lynette S Smith, M Laurie Branstetter
Electronic clinical tracking systems are used in many educational institutions of higher learning to document advanced practice registered nursing students' clinical experiences. Students' clinical experiences are constructed according to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties core competencies. These competencies form a basis for evaluation of advanced practice registered nursing programs. However, no previous studies have evaluated the use of electronic clinical tracking systems to validate students' clinical experiences in meeting national core competencies...
September 2016: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
Lisa C Lindley, Melanie J Cozad
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between nurse knowledge, work environment, and registered nurse (RN) turnover in perinatal hospice and palliative care organizations. METHODS: Using nurse intellectual capital theory, a multivariate analysis was conducted with 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey data. RESULTS: Perinatal hospice and palliative care organizations experienced a 5% turnover rate. The professional experience of advanced practice nurses (APNs) was significantly related to turnover among RNs (β = -...
May 17, 2016: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Heather Taylor
Dental hygienists have often been described as the registered nurses of the dental field. Similar parallels also exist between the development of the nurse practitioner from the nursing profession and the evolution of the dental hygiene practice and profession. This article explores 3 major similarities between the professions of nurse practitioner and dental hygienist. Public health issues, educational constructs, and the social and political environments shaping each profession are discussed to inform dental hygienists of their potential career options for future expanded therapeutic care roles...
February 2016: Journal of Dental Hygiene: JDH
Debra Hain, Laureen M Fleck
As healthcare reform evolves, nurse practitioners (NP) will play key roles in improving health outcomes of diverse populations. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2011 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change Advancing Health, nurses should be change advocates by caring for populations within complex healthcare systems. The IOM reports asserts, "advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) should be able to practice to the fullest extent of their education and training" (IOM, 2011, s8). However, existing barriers in the healthcare arena limit APRN practice...
May 2014: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
J Asselin, A M Osunlana, A A Ogunleye, A M Sharma, D Campbell-Scherer
Increasingly, research is directed at advancing methods to address obesity management in primary care. In this paper we describe the role of interdisciplinary collaboration, or lack thereof, in patient weight management within 12 teams in a large primary care network in Alberta, Canada. Qualitative data for the present analysis were derived from the 5As Team (5AsT) trial, a mixed-method randomized control trial of a 6-month participatory, team-based educational intervention aimed at improving the quality and quantity of obesity management encounters in primary care practice...
April 2016: Clinical Obesity
Jenna Shaw-Battista, Nichole Young-Lin, Sage Bearman, Kim Dau, Juan Vargas
Ultrasound is an important aid in the clinical diagnosis and management of normal and complicated pregnancy and childbirth. The technology is widely applied to maternity care in the United States, where comprehensive standard ultrasound examinations are routine. Targeted scans are common and used for an increasing number of clinical indications due to emerging research and a greater availability of equipment with better image resolution at lower cost. These factors contribute to an increased demand for obstetric ultrasound education among students and providers of maternity care, despite a paucity of data to inform education program design and evaluation...
November 2015: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Glenn Gardner, Christine Duffield, Anna Doubrovsky, Margaret Adams
BACKGROUND: The size and flexibility of the nursing workforce has positioned nursing as central to the goals of health service improvement. Nursing's response to meeting these goals has resulted in proliferation of advanced practice nursing with a confusing array of practice profiles, titles and roles. Whilst numerous models and definitions of advanced practice nursing have been developed there is scant published research of significant scope that supports these models. Consequently there is an ongoing call in the literature for clarity and stability in nomenclature, and confusion in the health industry on how to optimise the utility of advanced practice nursing...
March 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Suzanne Staebler, Susan R Meier, Gail Bagwell, Margaret Conway-Orgel
In recent years, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners have been monitoring aspects of neonatal advanced practice nursing and providing leadership and advocacy to address concerns related to workforce, education, competency, fatigue, safety, and scope of practice. This white paper discusses current barriers within neonatal advanced practice registered nurse practice as well as strategies to promote the longevity of the neonatal advanced practice registered nurse roles...
February 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Alexandra M Stewart, Megan C Lindley, Marisa A Cox
INTRODUCTION: This study determined whether state laws permit the implementation of standing orders programs (SOPs) for immunization practice. SOPs are an effective strategy to increase uptake of vaccines. Successful SOPs require a legal foundation authorizing delegation of immunization services performed by a wide range of providers, administered to broad patient populations, in several settings. Without legal permission to administer vaccines, non-physician health professionals (NPHPs) are unable to provide preventive services...
May 2016: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Michelle A Lucatorto, Sharon A Watts, Denise Kresevic, Christopher J Burant, Kimberly Joy L Carney
Health care reform demands improvements in population health and the patient experience while reducing costs. This demand is referred to as The Triple Aim of Improvement. A sense of urgency must be created for development of new models of care that impact outcomes earlier in the disease process. One new model of care addressing the triple aim is the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)-Led Specialty Care Team. APRN-Led Specialty Care Team members engage patients and implement evidence at a point in the disease trajectory that is most likely to influence population outcomes, resources, and cost...
January 2016: Nursing Administration Quarterly
Margaret W Beal, Mara E Batzli, Alex Hoyt
INTRODUCTION: Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) across the United States are educated in the same core competencies, yet scope of practice varies with state regulation. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded studies published in 1994 and 2004 on the professional practice environment of CNMs, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, and developed the Certified Nurse-Midwife Professional Practice Index (CNMPPI), a 100-point scoring system of state regulation focusing on 3 domains: legal status, reimbursement, and prescriptive authority...
September 2015: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Barbara Wilson, Lori Harwood, Abe Oudshoorn
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To determine whether the perpetual novice phenomenon exists beyond nephrology nursing where it was first described. BACKGROUND: The perpetual novice is a state in which nurses are unable to progress from a novice to an expert in one or more essential clinical skills which are used in their practice area. Maintaining clinical competence is essential to quality patient care outcomes. DESIGN: An exploratory, sequential, mixed methods design was used, comprised of a quantitative component followed by in-depth interviews...
December 2015: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Amy J Jnah, Cheryl Broadus Robinson
BACKGROUND: Mentoring facilitates positive self-efficacy. Individuals with high self-efficacy emulate professional resiliency and possess a strong sense of optimism in their ability to adapt, overcome, and persevere in the professional arena. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics that encourage mentoring relationships between neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) students and preceptors, as well as student perceptions of mentoring relationships...
October 2015: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
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