Nursing Research Paper on Healthcare Quality

Healthcare Quality

            Family nurse practitioners must have various competencies to ensure that they provide quality healthcare to patients under their direct care. Family nurses are supposed to initiate suitable and well-timed consultation as well as referral or transfer when a problem that they are handling exceeds their capacity of practice or level of expertise (Derengowski et al., 2000; Kinnersley et al, 2000). Similarly, such a nurse should weigh and get involved to help a patient with an urgent and complex situation. As such, they should diagnose unsteady and multifaceted health care issues using collaboration (teamwork) and discussion with the multi-disciplinary health care team as determined by the situation, specialty, and personal experience and knowledge, for instance, family and patient possibility of aggression, mistreatment, and addictive manners (Ferrell et al., 2003; Lindeke & Sieckert, 2005).

Continuing education, certification, and evaluation, describe the level of competency, official recognition, and appraisal of family nurse practitioners to ensure that they offer quality health care (American Nurses Association, 2010; Towle, 1998). Family nurse practitioners are challenged under these competencies to further their level of education in order to improve their capacity to handle complex medical issues, sit for examinations in regard to their training and become recognized by professional bodies such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC), and the Association of Faculties of Paediatric Nurse Practitioners (AFPNP) amongst others (Cronenwett et al., 2007). After recognition, the nurses can then be appraised to varied levels of professionalism based on their levels of education and experience, as indicated by the professional examinations and certificates or accreditations that they have (Story et al., 2002). As such, well-educated and professional nurses are able to offer patients better health care.

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