Core Competencies of a Clinical Nurse Practitioner
and a Non-Clinical Nurse Administrator
Dr. Donna Falsetti
Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse – NSG5000
October 7, 2012
Although both the non-clinical nursing administrator and the clinical nurse practitioner are both advanced positions in the field of nursing, they are not the same position that requires the same core competencies across the board. Nursing is a challenging field of study that allows for similarities and differences across the various positions that a person has the potential to hold. Some more obvious differences with regard to nursing roles are the levels of education needed to even apply for such jobs.
The nursing administrator has core competencies in five different areas (American Organization of Nurse Executives, 2005). Those five areas of core competencies are communication and relationship building, knowledge of the health care environment, leadership, professionalism, and business skills (American Organization of Nurse Executives, 2005). These five areas of core competencies speak of the general skills that an excellently rated candidate should possess in order to fulfill the role of nursing administrator.
A nursing administrator needs to have effective communication skills and the ability to maintain and develop relationships not only with his/her peers but also with the community (American Organization of Nurse Executives, 2005). As a person in a managerial position, the nursing administrator must have the ability to reach out to different groups of people of a variety of backgrounds (American Organization of Nurse Executives, 2005). Community involvement is part of this core competency as well as the medical staff relationships and academic relationships (American Organization of Nurse Executives, 2005).
Another core competency that nursing administrators, as oppose to clinical nurse practitioners possess is the knowledge of the...
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