Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

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Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) are registered nurses educated at the Masters or post Masters level and practice in a specific role, such as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse-midwives (National Council of State Boards of Nursing [NCSBN], 2015). Randi Toumbs is an acute care nurse practitioner on the Stroke Team at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, employed through the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. This service line was recently developed to see the non-complicated stroke patients. The team is beginning small, and the service will grow to meet the needs. The service consists of one acute care nurse practitioner, six fellows, and the attending neurologist, Dr. Amrou Sarraj (R. Toumbs, personal communication, April 20, 2015). Education and Training Randi Toumbs has practiced on the Stroke Team since receiving her Masters degree, from Texas Woman’s University, in 2013 (R. Toumbs, personal communication, April 20, 2015). The Masters program in nursing at Texas Woman’s University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE ensures the quality of nursing programs and identifies effective educational practices (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2015). If a school is not accreditated, it may affect the transfer of credits if a student chooses to advance their education (Morris, 2012). Miss Toumbs admits feeling unprepared post graduation, which may be somewhat related to anxiety. She felt unsure on the process of license application. After accepting a position, she disclosed that the most daunting task was the credentialing process. Concering nursing education, she felt u... ... middle of paper ... ...ent evaluation of patients with low-risk symptom onset. Reduction of length of stay for mild ischemic stroke patients, and reformatting emergency care with early administration of tissue-plasminogen activator to appropriate patients (Newby, 2014). Conclusion Miss Toumbs utilizes her role as an acute care nurse practitioner to provide an individualized approach to patient wellness. Using patient and family centered care, she is able to reflect on the needs, education, and treatment that the patient deserves. When first beginning, Miss Toumbs felt many unknowns. However, her education has shown her how to utilize her tools to gather information. Since beginning in this role, she has endured much personal and professional growth. Her knowledge base has grown, and she is eager to share that knowledge with patients, families, peers, and future nurse practitioners.
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