Advanced Practice Roles in Nursing
Use the South University Library and your Advanced Practice Roles in Nursing assigned textbook to answer the following questions.
- Distinguish between Advanced Nursing Practice (ANP) and the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN).
- Briefly define advanced nursing practice and the four roles in advanced practice nursing pertaining to clinical practice, primary care, education, administration, and health information.
- Discuss the role you intend to acquire through SUO. Include experiences and/or qualities you have that have influenced your decision. Include your personal philosophy ( i want to be an fnp)
- Create a 2-4 page paper (excluding the title page and references).
- Literature should be used and points are assigned.
- Peer-reviewed articles that are non-research and nursing organization websites may be used. All articles must be current (not more than five years old unless it is a hallmark reference; e.g., Institute of Medicine (IOM) (2010). The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.
- Format your paper, citations, and references using the correct APA Style.
- Submit your document to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.
It is critical that all nurses, regardless of their educational preparation understand differences in nursing specialties. Likewise, recognizing similarities and finding the nexus of shared competencies is paramount to maximizing the impact nursing will have on patient outcomes. The terms Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) and Advanced Nursing Practice (ANP) are distinguishable and are not interchangeable. The practical difference is that the APN is a provider while the ANP is the act of practice. Currently, there are two pathways to becoming an APN – the Master in Nursing Science (MSN) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
Advanced practice nursing includes providing direct clinical care providers like nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists, and indirect care nurses in administrative or executive roles, those working as nurse informaticists, and nurses in public health. The nurse educator stands alone currently and will be discussed in more detail in Week 2.
To provide a refined answer to the question, Advanced Nursing Practice (ANP) is an umbrella term for many different nursing specialties of which Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) is one. The AACN MSN Essentials (2021) broadly defines the advanced nursing practice as any form of nursing intervention that influences health care outcomes including direct care, education, leadership, and health policy. The MSN Essentials set outcomes for all graduates of master’s nursing programs.
APNs provide direct care to individual patients and families. APN roles involve expanded clinical knowledge, skills, and abilities and require a different level of regulation than non-APN roles. This course will focus on the many roles of the advanced practice nurse and the varied roles of advanced nursing practice. The Hamric textbook for this course will be your primary reference for APN roles, and the articles and other reference material will provide additional knowledge in advanced nursing practice roles.
Week 1 will focus on the 4 APN roles – Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) | Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) | Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) | Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).
Visit the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) websites and read about descriptions and qualifications to be credentialed. Explore the websites to make more discoveries.