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Professionalism in Nursing

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Interprofessional Practice

Interprofessional practice is a collaborative way of working. It is needed to succeed in today’s healthcare environment. It has arisen from the failure of the past where different practitioners took their best-deemed ways of dealing with health situations. It led to conflicting results as the cause of difference could not be easily identified. In interprofessional practice, individuals work in two or more pairs where they learn from each other as they practice thus leading to improved health outcomes as duplication of effort is avoided. Mutual respect has been critical in ensuring the collaborative efforts work (Nester, 2016).

The American Nurses Association (ANA) appreciates that efficient and effective care delivery is achievable through collaboration. It aims at achieving quality care, better patience experience and improved safety and better use of resources. ANA (2016) offers courses like “Interprofessional Teams: How to Build Lasting Partnerships Across the Organization” meant to teach how to built better partnerships across departments and specialties.

In the case involving, Ms.Tuckerno due to unavoidable circumstances the nurses treating her had to be relieved. The availing of the new nurse helped in assessing the patient. However, the decision by the new nurse practitioner to change the drugs to be taken might have been the best decision, but the way it handled could have affected the client's reaction to the drugs as well as their trust to the clinic’s nurses. The incoming nurse should have consulted the previous nurse and shared her opinions before changing the drugs. The returning nurse should have further avoided returning the client to the previous drugs before talking with the other nurse to understand their point of view which would have helped in developing a better treatment solution (Sullivan, D. Kiovsky, J. Mason, D. Hill, & Dukes, 2015).

Nursing Certification

Mary is close to finalizing her studies in nursing, and her top priority should be to obtain licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the state she intends to work. Mary will need to apply for a RN license after graduation (NurseJournal.org, 2016). It will entail having to sit for the licensing examination. After having worked for a while, she might wish to specialize in a particular field like oncology for which she shall require certification. It testifies that she has achieved excellence in the specialty. The American Nurses Credentialing Exam will give her a wide array of areas to practice when compared to the American Association of Nurse Practitioner Credentialing Exam.

The Acute Care Nurse Nurse Practioner (ACNP) offers care to patients with brief but severe sickness like in emergency units while Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNP) focus on disease prevention and health promotion to patients above 13 years (Jalloh et al., 2016). AGPCNP deal with common acute and chronic illnesses. Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) on the other hand deal with the provision of care to individuals of all ages in many settings (Poronsky, 2013).

The states can be categorized into full, reduced or restricted practice when it comes to what the practitioners can do. Liberal states will allow full practice while restricted states will limit the independent operation of nurse practitioners. In most states, FNP works independently while the ACNP is mostly supervised cause of the emergency situations they deal with.

FNP and AGPCNP can operate at nurse-managed health centers and hospital-based primary care clinics. It is because of their ability to not only diagnose and treat illness but also coordinating care offered by specialists doctors. It is possible due to the holistic approach to providing care and cure they are trained on.

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