Unifying the Advanced Practice Roles - page 3

by matthewandrew | 2,089 Views | 21 Comments

Although the APRN roles are distinct in their own right, this shouldn't mean that Advanced Practice should be fragmented as well. I want to suggest why not rename all the APRN roles, CRNA, NP, CNM and CNS into one singular term,... Read More


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    Quote from matthewandrew
    I understand each advanced practice role has it's own unique CERTIFICATION, but the purpose of the suggestion is to unify the APRN title. An MD can be a hospitalist, cardiologist, dermatologist, radiologist... etc etc etc. I'm talking about one singular professional title for all APRNs to distinguish themselves from not only RN, but to the professions as well, namely MD, PharmD, etc.

    DNP, if it was the minimum for practice, would be the clear title to get rid of the "alphabet soup."
    MD and PharmD are both degrees, not titles. "Physician" is the correct, generic title for MDs. Like nursing, all physicians have an MD (or DO) degree, but not everyone with an MD degree is a licensed physician. All physicians are "physicians," and then they have some additional specialty that makes them a cardiologist, or anesthesiologist, etc. No one in the general public seems to have any difficulty grasping that concept. So, all advanced practice nurses are nurses, and then they are also CRNAs, or CNSs, or NPs, or CNMs. I grant you the general public is not (yet) as familiar with that concept as they are with how it works with physicians, but they're getting there, and I certainly don't see a reason to muddy the waters further by starting to switch the titles around.

    I will bet you a lot of money it will be a v. long time before a DNP is required for practice across all the advanced practice specialties. And, again, that is a degree, not a title. Even if it ever does become mandatory, there will still be many, many practicing advanced practice nurses with MSN preparation.
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    Quote from matthewandrew
    Although the APRN roles are distinct in their own right, this shouldn't mean that Advanced Practice should be fragmented as well. I want to suggest why not rename all the APRN roles, CRNA, NP, CNM and CNS into one singular term, Nurse Practitioner. CRNA = Anesthetic NP CNM = Obstetric NP CNS = Clinical Specialist NP NP = (Insert Specialty) NP NP is already very well known to the public. I think this would not only lessen confusion but improve the public image of Advanced Nursing. It would also unify all the roles, just like every other health profession. Why keep the alphabet soup in our profession (eg: RN BSN MSN CRNA CNM CNS DNP ETC ETC ETC)? Matthew Andrew, NP Another BOLD idea for our profession... thoughts?
    In the end it would be changing one alphabet soup for another. I prefer CRNA for myself. Nurse practitioners already have their multiple initials for their different disciplines and I believe they deserve to keep their titles without other advanced nursing disciplines taking away from their profession.
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