The Advanced Practical Nurse (APN) Program Term Paper by Nicky

Presents an evaluation of a nurse's advanced practical nurse (APN) program and her thoughts about her role in the profession.
# 145813 | 1,375 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 28, 2010 in Education (Higher) , Medical and Health (Nursing) , Education (Adult Education)

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This paper explains that the advanced practical nurse (APN) program has several critical elements including the evolution of the student's communication skills, the ability to think critically and an understanding of the different roles of the APN. Next. the author underscores that communications skills include not only verbal and written expression but also the ability to interact and document information using the computer. The paper relates that she had to learn to be an educator in addition to being a caregiver and dispenser of medical knowledge.

Table of Contents:
Communication Skills: Evolution
Verbal Expression
Written Expression
Ability to Interact and Document Information via the Computer
Critical Thinking Skills
Different Roles for the Advanced Practical Nurse (APN)
Advocacy for the Client and Nursing Based on Professional Values
Three Professional Goals

From the Paper:

"Perhaps the most important thing I have learned from becoming an Advanced Practical Nurse (APN) is that communication is essential to the nursing profession. It is not enough to know what is right - a nurse must effectively communicate with the patient, the patient's caregiver, and/or the other healthcare providers for that patient. The nurse must be technically fluent in the language of the medical profession, yet also be able to translate jargon into layperson's terms."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Merrill, Piper. (2001, May).Wake-up call for U.S. health care system and APNs. Nursing Economics. . Retrieved 26 Jan. 2009 from

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