Advanced Practice Nursing (APN)

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Introduction

Advanced Practice nursing (APN) is considered the usage of a broader scope of constructive, logical and research-based expertise related to the health and well-being of patients, within a varying disciplines (DeNisco & Barker, 2013). What is the future position of APNs in the progression of our healthcare system? What role will this writer assume, educator, practitioner, population health coach, or all three? The use of theory, primarily Sister Callista Roy’s Adaptation Model, and EBP give this writer a firm foundation to develop and modify her own practice framework.

Interview Summary

At this point, this writer is slightly unsure of which pathway she may take, once she has completed her studies; the writer is currently contemplating education, health population, or a career as a practitioner. So, this writer had the privilege of interviewing two individuals, one practitioner, and one population health coach. Each gave this writer interesting, sometimes similar, perspectives of being an advanced practice nurse.

As an ARNP, working closely with obese children, within an outpatient setting, the interviewee acknowledged both autonomy and collaboration. Although her practiced is primarily in a clinic setting, the practitioner also holds hospital privileges. After practicing in the healthcare system for over 30 years, in varying roles and areas, this ARNP considered herself accepted, as a professional, by both nursing and medical personnel. She also concluded that the physicians she routinely works aside, ask her for advice.

In comparison, the population health discipline is relatively new in Northern Iowa, concentrating primarily on patients suffering from chronic disease, such as diabetes and/or conges...

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