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AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice

AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice

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Book, 40 pages, 2012
ISBN: 9780945812005

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AACN Scope and Standards of Practice for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice describes and measures the expected level of practice and professional performance for acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs), incorporating advances in scientific knowledge, clinical practice, technology and other changes in the dynamic healthcare environment. It offers a practical tool for students, educators and advanced practice nurses caring for high acuity or critically ill patients and their families in every setting. 

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Table of Contents:



Purpose of This Document

Definition and Role of Scope

Definition and Role of Standards

Frameworks for This Document

Need for Defining the Role of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Scope of Practice: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner


Scope of Practice

Definition of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Role of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Practice Population

Practice Environment

Educational Preparation

Clinical Practicum


Ethical Issues


Standards of Clinical Practice


Advanced Assessment

Differential Diagnosis

Outcomes Identification

Plan of Care

Implementation of Treatment


Standards of Professional Performance


Professional Practice




Systems Thinking

Resource Utilization



Quality of Practice

Clinical Inquiry

Current Issues and Trends

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioners

Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioners

Acute Care Nurse Practitioners in Specialty Practices

Care of the Older Adult



A Consensus Model for APRN Regulation

B Additional Foundational Resources

C AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments

Product Code: 128102

ISBN: 9780945812005

Authors: Advanced Practice Work Group

Editor: L. Bell