Advance registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) or APNs are independent practitioners usually licensed by their state’s board of nursing with graduate or post-graduate education. ARNPs play a pivotal role in the improvement of health care. ARNPs includes nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists who often act as primary care providers. Nurse practitioners usually see and provide primary care to patients in an outpatient setting (Grady, 2008). They often engage in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of illness and injuries. Certified nurse midwives often provide prenatal care to expecting mothers as well as help them in delivering babies. Clinical nurse specialists often form a part of the multidisciplinary care team. They always provide support to nurses taking care of the patients. They also help to drive changes in the nursing practice that may be of significant influence throughout the organization, as well as ensure that evidence-based practice and the best practices are used (Grady, 2008). Certified registered nurse anesthetists always work in the surgical rooms and help to provide care to patients during surgery.
ARNPs and other APNs often possess a wide range of clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills. As such, they are leaders of quality of improvement teams. With the involvement of the ARNPs and other APNs in the quality improvement teams, they have enhanced collaborative teamwork with other health professionals to improve patients’ health status. They have promoted psychological safety within the health organizations as well as employed effective communication strategies that have enhanced interpersonal communication within various healthcare settings.
In my view, ARNPs and other APNs play a pivotal role in quality improvement teams. Through collaborative teamwork, healthcare professionals are able to share their clinical views for effective decision making before an issue is approached within a healthcare setting.
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