Discussion Part I: Scope of Practice, Credentialing, and Negotiation
Note:In this course, some Discussions will have two parts:
You will be assessed on your posting and responses to both parts.
As medical care evolves, so does the role and scope of practice of the advanced practice nurse in acute care settings. When providing patient care, however, you, as an advanced practice nurse, must always ensure that you are working within the scope of practice outlined by your stateâ€™s laws and institutionâ€™s regulations. For this Discussion, you examine these laws and regulations and consider how they might affect your future clinical practice, consider the credentialing process for your area, and discuss negotiation techniques you may use in a job search.
Post on or before Day 3an explanation of the scope of practice of advanced practice nurses, as outlined in the collaborative practice agreement. Then, identify the two hospitals of interest that you selected. Based on the credentialing documents, explain the scope of practice for acute care advanced practice nurses at each hospital. Explain how this might affect your practice in terms of caring for medical and surgical patients in acute care settings (i.e., medical treatments, procedures you can perform, interpreting diagnostics, etc.). Finally, describe job negotiation considerations.
Note:To support your Discussion post, you must include references (with URL links) from the state and the hospitals you selected.
Reada selection of your colleaguesâ€™ responses.
Respond on or before Day 6to at leasttwoof your colleagues on 2 different days who selected a different state or hospital from yours. Share additional insights or alternative perspectives.
Discussion Part II: Pharmacology
Note:To access this weekâ€™s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in theCourse Materialssection of your Syllabus.
Read the following articles to enhance your knowledge of commonly prescribed medications:
All of the following groups of medications are commonly prescribed in the acute care setting. Choose one of the topics below to discuss. If it is a medication group, select a specific drug within that group. (This is a good way to prepare for clinical practice, because you will get to know the drugs you will prescribe for patients.). Focus your discussion on the hospital or ICU setting and IV usage.
Note:When sharing your initial post, select a topic that has not yet been discussed. If all topics have been discussed, then you may select that topic again, but select a different drug within the medication group.
For this Discussion, address 1 of the following options. Post by Day 3:
Note:To be considered as one of your required responses, your pharmacology rationale must include a supporting reference.