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The Roles and Scope of Advanced Practice Nurses
Advanced Practice Nurses are licensed registered nurses prepared at the graduate degree level as either a Nurse-Midwife, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Nurse Anesthetist.
Advanced Practice Nurses should hold a graduate degree and be certified in their specialty. This certification is important because it validates and standardizes the practice competencies of the Advanced Practice Nurses.
Nurses prepared at the graduate level function in a variety of roles as advanced practice nurses in specialty areas of practice. The following will list and detail the roles and scope of Advanced Practice Nurses:
Furthermore, each of these nurses has obtained a graduate level nursing degree and they have demonstrated a specialized knowledge specific to their patient population. Professional nursing certification is necessary because it validates and standardizes the competencies of the Advanced Practice Nurse; standardization results in better patient outcomes. These depictions are intended to provide you, the reader, with a better understanding of what is an Advanced Practice Nurse.