Discussion Board Initial Post on Advanced Practice Roles

DiscussionBoard Initial Post on Advanced Practice Roles

DiscussionBoard Initial Post on Advanced Practice Roles

Accordingto Buppert (2014), advanced practice nursing is any form ofintervention that influences the health outcome of individuals in thepopulation including the care for management and administration ofhealth care organizations. There is shortage of the nurse educatorsto an extent that the demands for such have not been met adequatelyhence the need to attract more into the nursing profession (Lowe etal., 2012). In this regard, it is essential to encourage thetransition of RNs to NPs.

AdvancedNurse Practice Roles Encountered by RNS

Anadvanced practice nurse or nurse practitioner is charged withdiagnosing patients, prescribing medication, prescribing treatment,referring clients to other practitioners, and admitting patients tohospital among others. A registered nurse (RN) requires a master’sdegree in order to become a nurse practitioner (NP). Nevertheless, asan RN, I am confident that I have encountered various roles requiredin advanced nursing practice, and qualify me as a candidate forbecoming a nurse practitioner.

Specifically,registered nurses deal with assessing, planning, intervening, andreassessing the outcome of the patient’s treatment. Additionally,registered nurses coordinate with patients in things such asreferrals, appointments, classes, and follow ups among others.Besides, RNS are involved in direct care as they teach patients touse medications every day. In such a way, RNs are involved in thediagnosis, treatment, and prescription of medication, which areadvanced practice roles.

Fulfilmentof the AACN 2004 Advanced Practice Roles

Accordingto DeNisco and Baker (2015), the roles that RNs serve are enough tofulfil the AACN 2004 roles of advanced practice nursing.Specifically,the AACN 2004 stipulates that advanced role practice encompasses anintervention in health care management, administration of nursing,development of health care policies, and direct caring for patientsthat benefits the populace (Polit&amp Beck, 2013). Since RNs arealso involved in direct care, as demonstrated earlier, it is justifyto conclude that they qualify for advanced practice nursing, inregards to the AACN 2004 definition.

Overall,registered nurses, by the AACN 2004 definition, encounter the rolesof advanced nursing practice. Both RNs are involved in the diagnosis,treatment, and medication of patients. Most importantly, RNs areinvolved in the direct treatment of patients, which meets thedefinition of advanced nursing practice in regards to the AACN 2004.


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