How to write a nursing reflection for Advanced Nursing Practitioners

How to write a nursing reflection for Advanced Nursing Practitioners

Reflection 1: To practice competently with integrity, nurses must have regulation and guidance within the profession. One of the program outcomes for this course was to practice within ethical-legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice. To achieve this outcome, I ensured to review the code of ethics and practice accordingly. For example, I recognized the need to improve diabetes care among older adults to improve quality of life and reduce costs. According to provision 2 of the Code of Ethics for Nurses, the nurse should primarily commit to the patient, whether an individual, family, group or population (American Nurses Association (ANA), 2015). The second way I met the program outcome is through adherence to professional nursing standards of practice. For example, the American Nurses Association requires nurses to integrate research findings into practice by utilizing the best available evidence (ANA, 2015). To achieve this standard, I collected evidence from the literature and used it to improve my research and clinical practice.

Reflection 2

The  National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) provides a list of nine competencies and how they contribute to professional nursing practice (Thomas et al., 2017). During this course, the three competencies that I have effectively met include:

Competency 1 – Scientific Foundations Competencies

Competency 5 – Technology and Information Literacy Competencies

Competency 8 – Ethics Competencies

Competency 1 highlights the importance of analysis and use of data to assess, enhance, and improve healthcare delivery. For example, I was involved in analyzing data for patients receiving diabetes care in Eventus Health and using the information to propose a practice change. During the data analysis process, I retrieved information from the electronic health record system and used Excel spreadsheets to determine the overall impact of tight glucose control using medications on patients. These actions align with competency 5 which requires the nurse to integrate appropriate technologies for knowledge management. Regarding ethics in nursing practice, I ensured to provide care according to the ethical principles. For example, I granted autonomy to patients to dictate how they would like to receive care and the involvement of their significant others during the treatment process.

Reflection 3 for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNPs)

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNPs) promote health and wellness by treating adolescents, adults, and older adults with common conditions. During this course, I have learned how to assume an advanced practice role and engage, counsel, and educate patients about positive health. This course has enlightened me on the roles of AGPCNPs in clinical areas and outside the hospital settings. For example, I have learned that AGPCNPs diagnose, manage, and evaluate outcomes for acute and chronic health conditions of populations served. Secondly, I have learned that this course prepares advanced nurses to work in a variety of settings including private practices, clinics, hospitals, businesses, managed care organizations, and governmental agencies. Before this course, I had little knowledge of the role of advanced nursing practice in education and research regarding adult-gerontology. This course has taught me how to use evidence-based practice and research to recommend practice change. For example, my Capstone project on type 2 diabetes prevention in older adults will help to demonstrate how physical activity and exercise can best control the disease.

I plan to use what I have learned in this course to promote the health and well-being of patients. For example, I will organize community outreach programs to educate individuals on common illnesses affecting adolescents and older adults and effective ways to control the diseases. I plan to get involved in education, research, and legislative activities to promote quality healthcare. For example, I will continue to research effective ways to address conditions related to aging and alternative strategies to medication use in older adults.


American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements. Silver Spring, Maryland.

Thomas, A., Crabtree, M. K., Delaney, K., Dumas, M. A., Kleinpell, R., Marfell, J., & Wolf, A. (2017). Nurse practitioner core competencies content. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

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