Role of Advanced practice nursing related to emerging healthcare trends and needs

Role of Advanced practice nursing related to emerging healthcare trends and needs
Advanced practice roles encompass tasks that once limited to the physicians. The APN has the responsibility for conducting an assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of medical disorders. Therefore, ANP roles are bound to providing direct care to patients involving management care to individuals and populations. The roles also include developing and implementing health policies and participation in nursing administration in healthcare settings. The transition from RN to APN indicates a role separation that lets go of the RN role and takes up the APN responsibilities. The RN then develops skills and educational, advancement, and career development into a master’s degree, thereby completing the transition (Bryant‐Lukosius et., 2016). The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the advanced practice nursing roles in clinical settings.

Vision and goals

MSN FPN role is centered in primary healthcare, whereby the nurse has an obligation to manage disease prevention, health promotion, and preservation of the quality of life. The FNP nurses have vast primary care skills hence can operate in various settings, for instance, outpatient care, home healthcare, clinics, schools, and women care centers. Under this role, the nurse is the first contact with the patient and must have a mastery of history and comprehensive assessment to ascertain the next plan of action. The family nurse practitioner diagnoses and treats common illnesses. The nurse can order and interpret lab results over the provisional diagnosis (Bryant‐Lukosius et., 2016). FPN nurse has the responsibility to make referrals in the event of a complication and need for advanced healthcare. The nurse can also make prescription in treating the diseases and assist in minor surgeries.

Nursing practice is always evolving with the introduction of new evidence-based practice. Therefore, most nursing roles are expected to change on the verge of transforming the practice. Technology is one of the current trends that is playing a critical role in shaping nursing’s future. The future vision of MSN FNP is to be able to provide healthcare to several families without a physical presence. Through technology, telemedicine could facilitate integration in the form of an electronic portal or online clinic whereby the family practitioner can converse with the patients online (Tracy, & O’Grady, 2018). Through this conversation, the nurse can assess and diagnose the patient and initiate an appropriate intervention. In this case, an individual family nurse practitioner can oversee several families and patients, thus improving the health coverage among a large population.

Change management strategies

Change management strategies are aspects that primarily focus on human behavioral practices that affect health. Advanced practice nurses should center their understanding of the change strategies to ensure effective management and implementation of the practices. One of the strategy is proposing the change’s objectives, providing all stakeholders to understand the purpose and focus of the change. This could promote collective efforts in achieving the proposed targets. Redefining cultural values could be another effective strategy in effecting change (Maier, & Aiken, 2016). Establishing a culture of continuous improvement could win both nurses and patients’ hearts and minds to work towards change.  Recruitment of the champions of change could be the best strategy in flattening high degree resistance. The introduction of individuals committed to change into the health system could increase the voices in convincing a large population in joining the course to meet the expected target. The integration of these strategies in healthcare could see the future objectives utterly attained.


Leadership qualities

In the MSN FPN role, the leader should possess innovative leadership qualities that offer the platform for introducing and establishing new ideas into practice. Currently, I possess communication qualities in the sense that I can deliver information to individuals precisely. I have decisiveness; that is, I have skills in decision making and determination. I am also visionary, and I try to focus on future trends and guided by current events, I try to find ways to meet future goals.

Going into the future, I will need to develop some qualities to aid in my advanced practice role. Flexibility could be one of the skills I could like to establish to flatten my rigidity. It could assist me in welcoming other ideas from others and considering several possibilities. Team development could be another effective skill that I could like to perfect to inspire various individuals in working towards a common goal (Schober, 2016). Relationship building is another quality I could like to incorporate to enhance interpersonal skills.

Leadership development

Educational development could be the primary channel in improving leadership skills. Thus, I will engage in educational advancement coupled with career growth that adds vast knowledge in management and leadership. I will also facilitate the growth and development of other junior nurses to become the champions of change in the future (Ockert, 2019). I will continuously participate in professional conferences to meet with other professionals from different career paths. This could offer the opportunity to exchange leadership ideas and skills to be applied in the future course.



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