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The recently endorsed Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education provides a definitive foundation for nurses who want to pursue an advanced practice credential.
Problems with existing regulation included lack of common definitions related to APRN roles, lack of standardization in programs leading to APRN preparation, proliferation of specialties and subspecialties and lack of common legal recognition across jurisdictions. The development of the new regulatory model sought to alleviate these problems and at the same time enhance patient safety, improve consumer understanding of APRN roles, provide ease in regulation and promote interstate mobility of APRNs.
The comprehensive document has far-reaching impact on licensing boards, accreditation agencies, certification organizations and educational programs. Following are some of the significant highlights of the new model.
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