NURS 680B Week 7 Discussion
NURS680B Advanced Health/Physical Assessment
Week 7 Discussion
Review the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) scope of practice as defined by your practice state. Answer the following questions:
Share your findings of how your state defines an APRNs scope of practice.
Why are Standardized Procedures required for APRNs to practice?
List two (2) safeguards that Standardized Procedures provide the APRN.
Do Standardized Procedures need to include information about the furnishing of drugs and devices?
List three (3) patient scenario examples where you would feel compelled to collaborate with your supervising physician and why.
Use at least one scholarly source in addition to the Board of Registered Nursing website in support of your discussion. In your peer replies, please reply to at least one peer discussion point that is different than your own.
There are multiple steps an individual must take in order to become an APRN, including education, certification and licensure. Before pursuing an advanced nursing career, they must first have an RN license and experience working in the nursing profession.
If those prerequisites have been met, nurses who want to advance their career must take the following steps before they can practice as an APRN:
Complete an advanced nursing degree. Individuals may choose to complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program depending on their career goals and area of specialization.
Complete clinical hours. Clinical practice experience allows students to apply new knowledge to their practice and gain professional competencies required to fulfill the role of an APRN, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Clinical Practice Experiences FAQs.
Pass a national certification exam. There are multiple national accredited organizations that offer certification for APRNs. Nurses may choose which certification exam to take based on their area of specialization.
Apply for licensure in their state of practice. In order to practice in your state, APRN graduates must pursue state licensure. Requirements for licensure may vary by the state in which an APRN intends to practice.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Degrees
Although a master’s of nursing degree (MSN) is most commonly used for nurses pursuing a career as an APRN, some may choose to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). In addition to the level of degree an individual decides to pursue, one must also consider the area of specialty they are interested in. For example, if a nurse is interested in becoming an NP to work in women’s health, they may seek a degree program that focuses on that area of practice.
Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) work with patients across their lifespan to provide gynecologic and primary health care; however, their main area of focus is reproductive health. CNMs have the skill set to care for women throughout their entire pregnancies, including prenatal, postpartum and childbirth care. They may also help care for newborns during the first weeks of life.
Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) are trained to administer anesthetics during surgery, assist with pain during childbirth and oversee conscious sedation. Depending on where they practice, CRNAs have varying levels of autonomy and may be required to work with a physician present.
Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) focus their work on an area of expertise, such as a patient population (e.g., adults) or a type of care (e.g., acute and critical care). CNSs utilize their knowledge base and skills to act as educators and consultants in the health care setting, helping to make decisions about patient care through evidence-based practice. CNSs may also provide recommendations on management of a hospital unit.
Nurse practitioners (NPs) may focus in primary care or a specialty area such as women’s health. NPs provide direct patient care and have a greater level of autonomy than RNs, including the ability to diagnose illnesses and provide prescriptions.
Important information for writing discussion questions and participation
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Your initial discussion post should be a minimum of 200 words and response posts should be a minimum of 150 words. Be advised that I grade based on quality and not necessarily the number of words you post. A minimum of TWO references should be used for your initial post. For your response post, you do not need references as personal experiences would count as response posts. If you however cite anything from the literature for your response post, it is required that you cite your reference. You should include a minimum of THREE references for papers in this course. Please note that references should be no more than 5 years old except recommended as a resource for the class. Furthermore, for each discussion board question, you need ONE initial substantive response and TWO substantive responses to either your classmates or your instructor for a total of THREE responses. There are TWO discussion questions each week, hence, you need a total minimum of SIX discussion posts for each week. I usually post a discussion question each week. You could also respond to these as it would count towards your required SIX discussion posts for the week.
I understand this is a lot of information to cover in 5 weeks, however, the Bible says in Philippians 4:13 that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us. Even in times like this, we are encouraged by God’s word that we have that ability in us to succeed with His strength. I pray that each and every one of you receives strength for this course and life generally as we navigate through this pandemic that is shaking our world today. Relax and enjoy the course!
Please read through the following information on writing a Discussion question response and participation posts.
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Important information on Writing a Discussion Question
- Your response needs to be a minimum of 150 words (not including your list of references)
- There needs to be at least TWO references with ONE being a peer reviewed professional journal article.
- Include in-text citations in your response
- Do not include quotes—instead summarize and paraphrase the information
- Follow APA-7th edition
- Points will be deducted if the above is not followed
Participation –replies to your classmates or instructor
- A minimum of 6 responses per week, on at least 3 days of the week.
- Each response needs at least ONE reference with citations—best if it is a peer reviewed journal article
- Each response needs to be at least 75 words in length (does not include your list of references)
- Responses need to be substantive by bringing information to the discussion or further enhance the discussion. Responses of “I agree” or “great post” does not count for the word count.
- Follow APA 7th edition
- Points will be deducted if the above is not followed
- Remember to use and follow APA-7th edition for all weekly assignments, discussion questions, and participation points.
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