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Nursing’s Leading Edges: Advancing the Profession through Specialization, Credentialing, and Certification

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Imagine having a reference resource that gives you all the things you need to know as a practicing registered nurse (RN) or an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

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156 pages

Imagine having a reference resource that gives you all the things you need to know as a practicing registered nurse (RN) or an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Nursing’s Leading Edges: Advancing the Profession through Specialization, Credentialing, and Certificationwill help you understand the definitions, standards, rules, and regulations involved with specialization, credentialing, and certification in the field of nursing.

This book leverages American Nurses Association’s long history of leading the profession in the areas of specialization and credentialing, as well as in the creation and ongoing implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.

Updating and building on ANA’s Specialization and Credentialing in Nursing Revisited: Understanding the Issues, Advancing the Professionpublished in 2008—which presented a unity model for the specialization and credentialing of nurses, with a focus on APRNs—this new ANA publication will examine the constant changes in educational expectations and certification requirements.

Nursing’s Leading Edges: Advancing the Profession through Specialization, Credentialing, and Certification will guide you through the APRN Consensus Model and help you effectively implement it.

The nation’s 3.6 million RNs who work in every sector of our health care system have been called “the glue” that holds that system together for the patients who must navigate its services. Take this key and unlock the doors of the nursing profession today!

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Lisa Summers


Lisa Summers, MSN, DrPH, FACNM, practiced clinically as a nurse and then a nurse-midwife for over 20 years before shifting to policy work. Lisa joined the staff at American College of Nurse-Midwives in 1997, and in 11 years of service there, ultimately serving as Director of Professional Services, she provided consultation on a number of issues, from policy and strategy for malpractice insurance and reimbursement to clinical topics and scope of practice. At American Nurses Association (ANA), she focused on health system reform and the role of advanced practice nursing, interpreting the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation for a wide variety of stakeholders. She currently serves on the faculty at Yale School of Nursing, where she teaches health policy in the PhD and DrPH programs.

Carol J. Bickford


Carol J. Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, a Senior Policy Advisor at American Nurses Association Department of Nursing Practice and Work Environment, continues to coordinate ANA’s nursing specialty recognition, scope and standards of practice, and select nursing informatics initiatives. Dr. Bickford has published and presented both nationally and internationally, and regularly serves as a health care consumer advocate and, an ANA and nursing representative to numerous governmental and organizational groups and events.

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At a time of health care evolution, with populations in increasing need of the excellent prevention and care that nursing provides, Dr. Summers and Dr. Bickford’s book is necessary and important. This must-have reference builds on the foundation laid by Gretta Styles, to address the issues and opportunities facing nursing as we move into the 21st century.

Ann Kurth PHD, RN, CNM, FAAN Dean, Yale School of Nursing

Nursing’s Leading Edges is a must read for all those seeking to know nursing better. This book provides the history of nursing and defines the challenges of advancing specialty practice for everyone from nursing students to leaders in nursing and health care to health policy experts

Barbara A. Blakeney MS, RN, FNAP

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