The Advanced Nursing Practice
At the very beginning, I did not know what advanced nursing practice entails. The reason behind this is that the name of the discipline only avails a broad idea of nursing which makes it difficult for a person to speculate on the content of the advanced nursing class. However, from my training in nursing, I have since understood the skills, roles, and expertise of an advanced nurse
Historical Evolution of the Advanced Nursing Practice
In my course training, I have been able to learn about the historical evolution of advanced nursing practice and how pioneer nurses shaped and influenced the current nursing practice. I found out that nursing practitioners were developed to replace a shortage of doctors and to increase the skills of ordinary nurses so that they can offer better health care services (Mezey, McGivern & Sullivan-Marx, 2003). Therefore, the nurses were availed with additional training to fill the existing health care gap. The concept had not crossed my mind and therefore I had not carried prior research regarding it.
Roles and Scope of Practice for Advanced Nurses
While learning about the roles of the nurses, I realized that I had a rough idea of the responsibilities carried out by nursing professionals. I noted that among the roles that a nursing practitioner can perform include assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients (Mezey, McGivern & Sullivan-Marx, 2003). I intend to use the knowledge gained in developing my nursing career. It will also be used in appreciating what these nurses do while on duty.
Attributes of the Practice Arena in Nursing
Besides learning about the roles of various advanced nurses, I was privileged to know the various attributes of the nursing practice arena and how they affect the work of nurses. The main attributes of the practice arena in nursing are access and availability, the degree of consumer choice, competition, and ability to effectively collaborate with other health professionals. On the overall, these attributes affect the ease with which nurses provide various services.
Access and Availability
Regarding the availability, I realized that it is the fundamental role of the nursing practitioners to be ready to assist in healthcare provision, especially during a crisis. The demand for health care providers has grown, and this is attributed to the increased population (Wyckoff, Houghton & LePage, 2009). I noted that I had come across this competency especially when I read about how the government is planning on meeting the demand for health care professions in the country. Concerning access, I learned that nurses were easily accessible as they dominate the healthcare staff in most hospital settings (Wyckoff, Houghton & LePage, 2009). The knowledge obtained in this competency is critical since I expect to meet challenges in the healthcare community upon graduation.
Integrating Evidence and Research Theory in Nursing Practice
Evidence-based practice has been identified as a paramount practice for the nurses. Be it that a person is in school as nurse practitioner or administrator, there exist many job opportunities that promote the integration of evidence-based practice in both research and theory on the competencies of a nurse, in the promotion of health and prevention of diseases, and the improvement of the quality of health standards (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015). Mastery of these skills will enable me to integrate evidence-based practice in my role as a nurse. The skills will improve my services as well as the overall clinical outcomes of the patients (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015).
Communication, Collaboration Organization, and Leadership Skills in Nursing
The ability of a nurse practitioner to communicate, collaborate, and lead is considered to be a critical skill. Regarding communication, nurses should possess good communication skills and also be in a position to handle people with diverse characters because patients come from different backgrounds. In practice, nurses should be able to work together and engage in various roles, when the need arise which is achieved through their training. Nurses exhibit leadership skills when they are left to handle patients by themselves. Among the nurses also, some lead while others follow (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015).
Career as an Advanced Nurse
In conclusion, the nursing class had topics on ethics and personal morals, which enable me to have a wide career choice in various healthcare and social service works. During such classes, we were challenged to identify what we considered moral and ethical. Being a nurse practitioner guarantees an individual that they will come across people with different morals and beliefs, and therefore it calls upon for a nurse to know what they can and cannot do in such situations (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015). Based on my specialized training, I plan to work as a senior nurse practitioner in a public hospital so that I can assist must underprivileged people in the society to access quality and affordable health care.
Melnyk, B. M., &Fineout-Overholt, E. (2015). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health
Mezey, M. D., McGivern, D. O. N., & Sullivan-Marx, E. (2003). Nurse practitioners: Evolution of advanced practice. New York, NY: Springer Pub.
Wyckoff, M. M., Houghton, D., &LePage, C. T. (2009). Critical care: Concepts, role, and practice for the acute care nurse practitioner. New York, NY: Springer Pub. Co.