What is Advanced Practice Nursing?

Advanced Practice Nurses are offering new ways of delivering cost-effective care and increasing access to qualified practitioners for many patients and their families

In an increasingly complex health care industry, advanced practice nurses are playing a vital role.

 

They are offering new ways of delivering cost-effective care and increasing access to qualified practitioners for many patients and their families. They are often providing health care to under-served populations. Advanced practice nurses must be grounded in theory and research as guides to their clinical practice. While they work in collegial capacities with physicians, they must be prepared to diagnose and treat patients with acute and chronic illnesses and to prescribe medications. These responsibilities require nursing professionals who are as smart and savvy as they are caring and compassionate.

 

Advanced Practice Nurses perform these general functions:

 

  • Obtain health histories and perform comprehensive
    physical examinations, including psychosocial, functional, and developmental assessment
  • Order and interpret lab results and other diagnostic studies
  • Develop differential diagnoses
  • Develop/order therapeutic plan of care
  • Maintain patient records
  • Evaluate patient’s response to plan of care and modify
    as needed
  • Provide patient/family counseling and education
  • Arrange for patient referrals/consultations
  • Participate in research studies

At Vanderbilt, we prepare advanced practice nurses for assuming such independent positions as Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Informaticist, Nurse Manager and Nurse-Midwife. The Vanderbilt Master of Science in Nursing degree program includes clinical training; a rigorous, high-quality curriculum; and learning in a research environment that fosters evidence-based education and patient care. As a result, nursing professionals educated at Vanderbilt are today’s leaders in nursing – advancing our discipline and offering new solutions.