At the University of Michigan Health System, we are honoring all Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
(APRNs) this week. An APRN may be a Nurse Practitioner in the hospital or clinic assisting in the treatment of your illness, a Nurse Anesthetist in the operating room putting you to sleep, a Nurse Midwife delivery your baby, or a Clinical Nurse Specialist educating you on a new treatment plan or educating staff to provide your quality nursing care.
APRNs practice at the advanced level of nursing. They hold a master’s degree in nursing that includes about 500 hours of clinical experience at the advanced level, have passed a national certification exam and are licensed by the state in which they practice. APRNs are either nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, or nurse midwives. Some of the more typical specialties for nurse practitioners are adult health, hematology/oncology, family health, psychiatric, pediatric health, neonatal health, women’s health, and geriatric health.
The scope of practice for an APRN is determined by the state laws where the nurse practices, which generally refer back to the scope and standards statements of the professional organization associated with the specialty. Continue reading