The most popular options today are those specialties that prepare nurses for advanced practice roles as a primary care or an acute care nurse practitioner
. Prior to the Clinton Administration, the most popular role preparation for medical-surgical nurses at the graduate level was adult clinical nurse specialist (Forni, 1993).
The ACNPC credential is awarded to acute care nurse practitioners
who have passed the 175-question, 3 1/2-hour certification exam and who meet the eligibility requirements of completing an accredited graduate advanced practice education program with a concentration as an acute care nurse practitioner
In the New Zealand literature there is no endorsed acute care Nurse Practitioner
definition and I found the definition from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) could be adapted for this purpose (AACN, 2006).
This book describes the scope and standards of professional performance for the acute care nurse practitioner
* Awarded 39 units the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, bringing the total number of units achieving Beacon status to 80; launched Beacon Award categories for progressive care units and for pediatric critical care units offered; 353 concurrent, mastery and general sessions at NTI/API 2007, as well as 42 preconferences; more than 100 exhibit CE sessions and 12 sunrise sessions ensured that the voice of acute and critical care nurses was prominent on a number of levels through liaison activities, collaboration and the sharing of expertise; examples available online at www.aacn.org > public policy > liaison activities published Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Scope and Standards of Practice
Looking ahead, we would like to have a themed issue covering the impact of diabetes mellitus across the perioperative continuum, maintain a regular case study feature and material from our increasing numbers of Acute Care Nurse Practitioners
. Regular feedback from all the regions on their activities would also be welcome and will be more actively pursued.
Laura was nominated for her leadership in advancing the role of acute care nurse practitioners
through developing a Post Master's certificate and a full masters program for acute care nurse practitioners
and created a nurse practitioner Hospitalist fellowship.
Total Number of Licensees Currently Registered to Practice at the Advanced Level (advanced registered nurse practitioners) Family Nurse Practitioners 1274 Nurse Midwives 113 Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 205 Certified Registered Nurse 542 Anesthetists School Nurse Practitioners 1 Women's Health Care 160 Practitioners Psychiatric-Mental Health 146 Nurse Practitioners Adult Nurse Practitioners 181 Clinical Nurse Specialists 88 Gerontological Nurse Practitioners 70 Neonatal Nurse Practitioners 50 Acute Care Nurse Practitioners
94 Perinatal Nurse Practitioners 0 Total 2,924 NCLEX Examination Performance
Care activities and outcomes of patients cared for by acute care nurse practitioners
, physician assistants, and resident physicians: A comparison.