Scope of nursing practice

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Scope of nursing practice

  • Entry level
    • Nurses with associate or baccalaureate degrees are prepared to function as generalists.
    • At this level, nurses provide direct health care and focus on ensuring coordinated and comprehensive care to patients in a variety of settings. Nurses work collaboratively with other health care providers to manage the needs of individuals and groups.
  • Certification
    • With experience and continued study, nurses may specialize in an area of practice. Certification is a formal way for nurses to obtain professional recognition for having expertise in a specialty area.
    • Certification usually requires a certain amount of clinical experience and successful completion of an examination.
    • Recertification usually requires ongoing clinical experience and continuing education.
  • Advanced practice
    • Master’s degree
      • Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN)
    • Doctorate
      • Doctor of nursing practice (DNP)
      • Research-focused doctorate (PhD)

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