Endless Opportunities: The Future of APRNs in Acute and Critical Care

Author(s): Stanik-Hutt Julie

Contact Hours 1.13

CERP C 1.13

Expires Dec 31, 2023

Topics: Career Development, Education

Role: APRN, Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

This session includes up to date information regarding the basis for and the transition to DNP education for APRNs, factors to consider when choosing graduate preparation in nursing and the boundaries of APRN practice. Documents foundational to advanced nursing role preparation and practice are explored. Cases allow attendees to apply concepts so that when choosing a graduate program they can be sure it prepares them for the future they desire.


  • Evaluate risks and benefits to consider in selecting DNP or MSN education for advanced nursing roles, including APRN and nursing management.
  • Decide which educational preparation best matches practice demands in primary care, acute or critical care, and in emergency departments.
  • Examine factors to consider when choosing a graduate nursing program or an APRN position after graduating.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.13 contact hours.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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