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Scope of Practice – APRN Alliance

Meetings and Contacts

The APRN Alliance meets monthly, usually on a Saturday at 11am at Providence Hospital in the Aspen Room. The meetings are open and all RNs and APRNs are encouraged to attend.

To be added to the email listserv for announcements about upcoming meetings email us at scope@akcenterofnursing.org.

Mission

To provide expert advice, make recommendations and support adaptation and implementation of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) consensus guidelines into Alaska statutes and regulations while protecting current and evolving scopes of practice that ANPs/CNMs/CRNAs/CNSs currently enjoy.

The Alaska Center of Nursing Excellence and APRN Alliance

aprn-alliance-logoThe Alaska Nursing Action Coalition supports the APRN Alliance’s work to provide expert advice, make recommendations and support adaptation and implementation of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) consensus guidelines into Alaska statutes and regulations while protecting current and evolving scopes of practice that ANPs/CNMs/CRNAs/CNSs currently enjoy.*

In Alaska, the legal definition of ANP is “Advanced nurse practitioner means a registered nurse authorized to practice in the state who, because of specialized education and experience, is certified to perform acts of medical diagnosis and the prescription and dispensing of medical, therapeutic, or corrective measures under regulations adopted by the board.” ANPs in Alaska include Certified Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives and Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Nurse Anesthetists in Alaska are currently defined separately as,” A registered nurse authorized to practice in the state who, because of specialized education and experience, is certified to select and administer anesthetic and give anesthesia care under regulations adopted by the board.”

The APRN Consensus Model is a national model adopted by the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing. In Alaska this would mean updating the ANP title to APRN and bringing the nurse anesthetists under the title of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with the other three advanced practice groups.

Definitions

APRN  is a nurse with a graduate degree who has been licensed in an advanced role that builds on the competencies of registered nurses (RNs). Licensure as an APRN is contingent upon completion of an accredited graduate-level education program and passage of a national certification examination.  The four APRN roles are Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP), Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).**

CNPs are members of the health delivery system, practicing autonomously in areas as diverse as family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, geriatrics, and women’s health care.  CNPs are prepared to diagnose and treat patients with undifferentiated symptoms, as well as those with established diagnoses.**

CNMs provide a full range of primary health care services to women throughout the lifespan, including gynecologic care, family planning services, preconception care, prenatal and postpartum care, child birth, and care of a newborn. The practice includes treating the male partner of their female clients for sexually transmitted disease and reproductive health.**

CRNAs are prepared to provide the full spectrum of patients’ anesthesia care and anesthesia-related care to individuals across the lifespan, whose health status may range from healthy through all recognized levels of acuity, including persons with immediate, severe, or life-threatening illnesses or injury.**

CNSs are a unique APRN role that integrates care across the continuum and through three spheres of influence: patient, nurse and system. The three spheres are overlapping and interrelated, but each sphere possesses a distinctive focus.  The primary goal of a CNS is continuous improvement of patient outcomes and nursing care.**

Helpful Links

Alaska Affiliate of the
American College of Nurse-Midwives

www.alaskamidwives.org

Alaska Board of Nursing
www.nursing.alaska.gov

 Alaska Clinical Nurse Specialist Associtation
https://www.facebook.com/AlaskaClinicalNurseSpecialistAssociation

Alaska Association of Nurse Anesthetists
http://alaskacrna.com

Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association
http://anpa.enpnetwork.com

National Council of State Boards of Nursing
www.ncsbn.org

UAA School of Nursing
www.uaa.alaska.edu