This chapter presents the various ways in which nurse practitioners (NPs) can effectively market the role. NPs must demonstrate competency and confidence in promoting the role to other nurses, current and future employers, as well as the public. The chapter describes the barriers to marketing along with ways to reduce or possibly eliminate them. It is unfortunate that NPs still meet resistance toward the advanced practice role from other nurses. It is the author’s belief that the best way to market NPs role is to practice in a thorough, holistic, comprehensive, professional, pro-patient manner at all times. Patient recommendations are an effective way to market NP role in the public eye. In order to be successful, the entrepreneurial colleagues must develop, perfect, and implement a business plan that includes strategies for marketing to the public all that they, as NPs, can offer.
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DNPis acknowledged as a nursing practice doctorate and has been developed to create expert nurse clinicians regardless of nursing role. The DNPdegree is a huge accomplishment for the nursing profession. Doctoral degrees included in the literature encompass DNPs, PhDs, and EdDs as well. The DNPproject is the pinnacle for completion of the degree. Much like the nursing profession, there is not a standardized terminology for the project. The DNPopportunities are boundless and will build upon the fundamentals of nursing practice. This chapter provides an overview of the evolution of the DNPdegree, different programs, and learning environments available. In addition, it is hoped that this chapter will create a vision for potential personal and professional options offered with pursuing the degree. Choosing the DNPdegree will enhance multiple opportunities to open pathways in nursing that are not always available without a terminal degree.
Health screenings are a routine part of well-child care and are essential in early recognition and intervention of developmental delays or chronic medical conditions. Diagnostic laboratory and imaging data can be valuable sources of information in both preventive care and sick care. In order for the information gleaned from these screenings and tests to be useful, the healthcare provider must understand the utility of the tests and order them appropriately. This chapter focuses on best practices for laboratory collection and diagnostic testing, common childhood screenings, and common laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging for the advanced practice nurse in the primary care setting. This chapter helps the reader to: describe the role and responsibility of the pediatric nurse practitioner in coding and billing for diagnostic testing; describe risks and common errors in blood sampling and identify reduction strategies; and describe needle-fear and identify interventions to decrease needle-related pain.
This book is an excellent introduction to nursing at the master’s level. It addresses a gap in literature regarding nonadvanced practice nursing degrees. The book focuses on key roles in both direct and indirect care settings as identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). It provides a different perspective on the role of the nurse functioning within an interprofessional or interdisciplinary team, while providing tools that can be applied quickly. The book is organized into five sections comprising 16 chapters that can be extremely helpful to nurses moving toward the next level of their careers. Section one describes nursing history, nursing process, nursing theory selection, nursing research ethics, and clinical ethics and the role of the master’s-prepared nurse (MSN). Section two discusses the various roles of MSN such as clinical nurse leader, nurse educator, and advanced practice nurse. Section three presents the indirect care roles of MSN: public health nurse, informaticist, and nurse executive. Section four discusses MSN as change agent, AACN essentials, and Interprofessional collaboration. The final section focuses on special topics such as considerations for lifelong learning, self-care, and mentoring. The book could be introduced to students at the BSN level to help them make career choices as they move forward with their careers.
Education loans for advanced nursing degrees come in the following categories: Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan; Federal Direct Grad
PLUSLoan; Nursing Student Loan; and Private Education Loan. Federal Direct Student Loans are a form of financial aid that must be repaid with interest. Grad PLUSis a federal loan also funded by the Department of Education; its benefits are similar to those of Federal Direct Loans. Students should check with the financial aid office of their institution to determine whether the institution offers its own nursing student loan program. Private education loans are nonfederal loans made by a private lender such as a bank, credit union, or state agency, and there are no federal forms to complete. Graduate students who consider using private education loans often also consider using a personal residence or home equity loan to finance their education. Borrowing from retirement accounts also may be considered as a source for college funding.
A pivotal strategy to improve the quality of health care while lowering costs in the United States is value-based purchasing (
VBP). Advanced Practice Registered Nurses ( APRNs) can lead this transformation through collaboration, coaching/mentoring, direct patient care, research, ethics, and leadership. To achieve success in improving patient safety and outcomes, leaders must focus on interprofessional, team-based collaboration to effectively lead all involved to system and process improvements in the delivery of care. APRNsshould also take professional accountability to become knowledgeable about the Affordable Care Act and VBP, not just the program that applies to the APRN’spractice but about all programs, and discuss these with other providers, colleagues, and patients. Finally, APRNsmust also become involved in policy making to remove barriers for all nurses and to allow APRNs to practice at their highest level of education, skill, and competency.
Older adults represent a segment of the population that has the greatest dependence on government policies, whether they are national, state, or local. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (
APRNs) who care for this population need to understand the impact policy has on the health care and daily lives of their older patients. These policies also impact the practice of APRNsand may erect barriers that prevent the provision of the quality of care that they have the skills and training to provide. This chapter presents a demographics of adults over the age of 65, a review of key legislation, and discussion of strategies to take advantage of opportunities to participate in the policy process. Having health care covered by Medicare and Medicaid is a key to the health of older adults, but there are other social determinants of health that require adequate resources.
This chapter outlines the historical perspective on the advancement of the compact licenses, how this could benefit the profession and what next steps should be taken. The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (
APRN) compact is newer on the scene in terms of full enactment, but it has also been a part of the discussions about APRNpractice since the initial discussions of registered nurse practice and the interstate compact in 2015. Conceptually, the APRNcompact makes sense and takes the APRNConsensus Model document and moves it to a new level in that the proposed regulatory language includes a nod to the Consensus Model language. The actions and activities of the APRNs, the patients, and the employers have a role to play in the full implementation of the compact. Each APRNhas to weigh and measure the need for the compact in their personal practice.
Improving and updating the health care system in the United States have been on the agenda of legislators, regulators, and other policy makers as well as health care providers for decades. In the Obama administration, health care reform legislation was undertaken and the bill was called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (
PPACA) of 2010. It has provided significantly increased opportunities for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse ( APRNs) to practice to the full extent of their education and licensure. It is important for APRNsto continue to take advantage of the opportunities provided in the PPACAand its subsequent iterations by seizing the moment to demonstrate their worth and expertise in meeting the health care needs of the nation and to continue to use their influence to make changes in the country’s health care system that will improve the health and welfare of its citizens.
Healthcare systems in the United States rely on health policy regulation to ensure that the appropriate amount of consideration is given to the quality, access, equity, efficiency, cost, and defragmentation of their professional practices. One of the most major health policies in decades, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (
ACA), increased both health insurance coverage for Americans and access to care. Health care systems must also continue to be cognizant of new and evolving regulatory guidance and rules in addition to federal and state laws. Healthcare professionals and those who are responsible for health care administration need to be cognizant of the entire legal environment. This chapter presents the current policies and regulations that have helped shape and transform Advanced Practice Registered Nurses ( APRN) practice in healthcare systems and how APRNscan shape future policies and regulation to continue to transform practice in healthcare systems.