What is an Advanced Practice Nurse?
An advanced practice nurse (APN) is a nurse with a masters, post masters or a doctoral degree in nursing specialty. They help to meet the demand of specialty healthcare practitioners in areas under-served by physicians especially in the rural areas as they can practice medicine without being supervised by a physician.
There are four types of advanced practice that represent the highest level of specialization in a nursing career, namely: nurse practitioners, nurse mid wives, clinical nurse specialists and nurse anesthetists.
- Nurse Practitioners
This is the most common type of advanced practice nurse, they represent over half of APN. They are qualified to provide a wide range of acute and primary health care services and can diagnose as well as treat medical conditions similar to those performed by a physician including writing prescription.
To become a nurse practitioner, students need a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) or a post masters in any of the following specialties:
- Women's health
- Mental or psychiatric health
- Neonatal Care
- Acute Care
- Family Practice
- Adult Practice
Licensing in each state varies and includes different titles such as Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), Licensed Nurse Practitioner (LNP) and Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP). All states apart from Indiana, Kansas and California from 2012 require nurse practitioners to be certified by a national certifying organization of nurses.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
While a nurse practitioner provides primary health care to patients, a clinical nurse specialist works in a more specialized area of nursing practice. A CNS is responsible for diagnosis and treatment of health or illness states, health promotion, disease management and prevention of illnesses among communities, groups, families and individuals.
Each state has its own requirements when it comes to licensing of clinical Nurse Specialist that often involves a master's degree and certification as a clinical nurse specialist.
Nurse midwives are responsible for providing health care to women above adolescent. In addition to this, they provide family planning and gynecological services including postpartum care, childbirth, pregnancy and family planning services. They can also treat men for sexually transmitted diseases.
To become a nurse mid wife requires students should complete a graduate program which involves taking an examination offered by AMCB (American Midwifery Certification Board).
These are advanced practice nurses qualified to administer anesthesia for surgery or any other procedure as well as provide pre and post surgery care.
To become a nurse anesthetist, students should complete a graduate program that prepares them to become a (CRNA) Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist through the NBCRNA (National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists).
What is the Need for Advanced Practice Nursing?
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As noted in Part 1, our goal is to identify the best ways to locate a good, well-paid and full-of-benefits job in our job-seeking process. While we are at it, we will find tons of staffing agencies, thousands of job boards, millions of companies. So, how do I find the right job?
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