Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice
Dr. Laura Bevis
December 5, 2012
RSMT Task 1
A1. The nursing profession has evolved significantly over the decades. One of the factors that have greatly influenced these changes has been the involvement of nurses in the development of theories and data base needed to support the advancement of our profession. In the last half of the twentieth century, nurse researchers (1950s) and nurse theorists (1960s and 1970s) greatly contributed to the expanding body of nursing knowledge with their studies of nursing practice and the development of nursing models and theories (American Nurses Association, 2010, p. 16). Like in any other research activity, a special set of skills is needed in order to conduct the research required so that the whole process can be validated appropriately. Retaining an advanced practice nurse (APN) as a co-investigator and mentor is a vital part in the nursing process for the project to take shape (Gallagher, 2012, para. 5). The masters prepared nurse can be a key element of the research team providing guidance, expertise and ensuring that the information needed to appropriately conduct the research project is available. This professional can also help select members of the research team and find the latest up-to-date evidence based practice, journals, articles and other useful references as well as studies that can help with the task at hand. Research has greatly advanced our profession as well as helped improve the delivery of health as well as its outcomes. For this reason it is important that it is encouraged at all levels of our profession.
A2. Teamwork is important for success in any environment. Collaboration is essential for the benefit of the client as well as enhancing the effectiveness of the members of the health care team. The Advance Practice Nurse uses a team approach in developing a treatment plan for the patient by collaborating with the patient and other health care professionals (American College of Rheumatology, 2012, p. 1). In this case the advance practice nurse can be used as a collaborator that can bring ideas and experience in a variety of environments from helping guide nurses and organize patient care on a ward to being a member or resource to a multidisciplinary health care team. Providing ideas or helping train new nurses the unit can also be a way for the Master’s prepared nurse to collaborate with others. Also, in some situations; the experience and leadership abilities that this nurse holds can help guide with the formation of workgroups or unit practice councils that promotes even more collaboration amongst members of a team.
A3. As a clinician the Master’s prepared nurse usually practices in a specific field that is usually identified by the clients’ age, clinical setting or specific disease processes. Even within these divisions some of the clinicians often prefer to specialize even further. Examples of this can be those that specialize only on adults, pediatric, geriatric, inpatient only, outpatient, mental health, etc. They provide care in variety of health care settings including hospital units, ambulatory clinics, managed care practice, private practice, rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, public health centers, and long-term care facilities (American College of Rheumatology, 2012, p. 1). In many cases the Master’s prepared nurse can operate independently and some jurisdictions even grant them prescriptive authority.
A4. One of the roles that I am the most proud as a nurse is that of the patients advocate. I feel that obtaining a Master’s degree in nursing not only gives the nurse more credibility as a patients advocate, it also gives the nurse the responsibility as a leader in the profession to be an outspoken member in protecting patient’s rights as well as influencing government policy in ethical issues and the improvement of standards of care. Advocating for and helping...