Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) have expanded in numbers and capabilities over the past several decades with APRNs being highly valued and an integral part of the health care system. Because 240,000 APRNs are presently prepared to care for the current and future health needs of patients, the education, accreditation, certification and licensure of APRNs need to be effectively aligned in order to continue to ensure patient safety while expanding patient access to APRNs. Collectively, APRN stakeholder nursing organizations, including ANA, persisted for nearly 4 years to complete this first ever model in order to achieve greater alignment of the elements needed to prepare APRNs to be competent practitioners and ensure public safety.
In summary, the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation includes: description of a futuristic model for regulation of APRNS that includes requirements for education, accreditation, certification and licensing; a definition of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse; a definition of broad-based APRN education; a model for regulation that ensures APRN education and certification as a valid and reliable process, that is based on nationally recognized and accepted standards; uniform recommendations for licensing bodies across states; a process and characteristics for recognizing a new APRN role; and a definition of an APRN specialty that allows for the profession to meet future patient and nursing needs. The APRN Regulatory Model will be implemented in every state and program by 2015.
ANA believes strongly in the value of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. APRNs are one of the keys to solving America’s health care crisis, which was outlined in ANA’s Nursing Agenda for Health Care Reform. (see below) We have been working for the APRN community for decades, and we continue to work for you today.
ANA members are encouraged to provide feedback and discuss the report on ANA NurseSpace at ananursespace.org and select Future APRN Model for Regulation, Mary Jean Schumann's entry. You must be a member of ANA to take part in the blog discussion and will be asked to login.