Nurse Practitioner

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Define Nursing Nursing is a knowledge-based profession within the health care sector that focuses on the overall care of individuals. According to The American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), “defines nurse practitioners as registered nursed who have received graduate-leveling nursing education and clinical training, which enables them to provide a wide range of preventative and acute health care services to individuals of all ages. They deliver high-quality, cost effective care, often performing physical examinations, ordering tests, making diagnoses, and prescribing and managing medication and therapies”. Nurse Practitioners are able to specialize in a particular area, such as family and adult practice, pediatrics, and women’s health; and refer patients to other specialist when necessary. Some Nurse practitioners work under the supervision of a physician; while others run their own practices. Education Requirement and What are the requirement for license, certification and registry? Most APNs or NPs posses a master’s degree; however the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) member institutions voted to change the current level of preparation for advanced nursing practice from a masters degree to a doctorate level by 2015”. “An individual who wished to apply for a license must meet the following requirements; a complete application, pass the NCLEX, provide any felony or misdemeanor conviction information, any drug related behavior, functional ability deficit and license fee to Virginia State Board of Nursing”. Most RNs gain their clinical experience by working a staff nurse before entering into a graduate program for their nurse practitioners, but once they gain a significant of experience as a nurse t... ... middle of paper ... ...years before applying for my Dermatology Nurse Certification. After working for the required time needed I will then pursue my MSN/APN and then the DNP. I’m not placing a date for completion because I would like to enjoy my time as a student, while gaining my education and experience. My long term goal is to work independently as and open up my own practice specializing in hair loss. Works Cited Mary E. Muscari, Phd, CPNP, APRN-BC, Becoming a Nurse, (LearningExpress, LLC, 2009), 102. Mary E. Muscari, Phd, CPNP, APRN-BC, Becoming a Nurse, 7. Mary E. Muscari, Phd, CPNP, APRN-BC, Becoming a Nurse, xiv. Mary E. Muscari, Phd, CPNP, APRN-BC, Becoming a Nurse, 30.

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