Advanced nurse practitioners have a fundamental role to play when itcomes to the overall concept of provision of care to patients.However, with the broad aspect of practice, it has been essential forsuch nurses to acquire adequate skills that prepare them to meet theindividual needs of patients (Abraham, 2011). It is out of suchnecessity that the AACN 2004 stipulated the role of advanced nursepractitioners.
I believe that Advanced Nurse Practitioners have a greater role toplay owing to the nature of responsibilities they have been endowedwith. The ability to meet needs of patients and their colleaguesdepend on their educational qualifications and leadership skills(Van Soeren, Hurlock-Chorostecki, & Reeves, 2011). I agree withthe fact that education is imperative in enabling a particular nurseto understand aspects such as diagnosis, admission and makingreferrals. Because of the same, it is critical to consider thateducation should be made as a crucial qualification for anyoneseeking the position of an advanced nurse. Acquisition of educationalqualification is necessary since nurses get to learn skills relatedto service provision, a measure that would be instrumental inenhancing patient outcomes (Gaskell & Beaton, 2015). It is forthe same reason I would reiterate the fact that a registered nursemore or less qualifies for the position of an advanced nursepractitioner since they have the skills to execute their mandatecourtesy of the educational qualification attained through themaster’s degree.
Similarly, leadership should be considered an imperative aspect of anadvanced nurse role. I understand that an advanced nurse practitionercoordinates the provision of services with other health careproviders. It becomes mandatory that the advanced nurse practitionerunderstands the dynamics of leadership to coordinate care to improvethe patient outcomes (Martin, McCormack, Fitzsimons, & Spirig,2012).
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