NRP/508 Professional Organization Evaluation

NRP/508: Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Wk 3 Assignment – Professional Organization Evaluation

  1. Use your selected health policy issue as the basis for completing this assignment. Issue chosen:  Improve Medicare Patient Access to Home Health Services.  APRN’s are not able to document the face to face assessments/visits, sign home health plan of cares for their patients, sign additional orders to modify their patients plan of cares for home health services, or sign re-certification for home health services and plan of care for their patients. NRP/508 Professional Organization Evaluation
  2. Research a professional organization with influence over the health policy issue.
  3. Locate at least one academic article focusing on the professional organization’s efforts to effect change on the health policy issue. The article must be current (within 6 years) and must be a scholarly work (peer-reviewed).
  4. Contact the organization and ask at least two specific questions regarding the health policy issue that neither their website nor the article answered.
  5. Prepare a marketable visual presentation (i.e., flyer, brochure, infographic, pamphlet, poster, etc.) on the organization. Include the following in your presentation:
    1. The role and mission of the organization (15 pts)
    2. The benefits of the organization to its members and the APRN community as a whole. (10 pts)
    3. How will networking with this organization and with others in the industry help drive change in the area of your selected health policy issue? (10 pts)
    4. Based on the article you selected and your research on the organization, how can the organization be used as a guiding coalition to address your health policy issue. (15 pts)
  6. Write a 350- to 525-word summary analyzing three of the core competencies of advanced practice nursing and how they relate to professional organizations and professional development.

Consider the following questions in your summary: (20 pts)

  1. Why are the selected competencies important?
  2. How will mastery of the competencies improve your practice?
  3. How can you continue to develop the competencies after graduation?
  1. Use APA guidelines. Utilize correct grammar and punctuation and use of article as outlined above. 3 minimum scholarly (peer-reviewed) references less than 6 years old. (10 pts)
  2. Required reading and/or texts for assignment: NRP/508 Professional Organization Evaluation


Hamric, A. B., Hanson, C. M., Tracy, M.F., & O’Grady, E.T (2019). Hamric and Hanson’s advanced practice nursing: an integrative approach (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.


Chapters 8, 10, 16

Mason, D. J., Gardner, D. B., Outlaw, F. H., & O’Grady, E. T. (2016). Policy & politics in nursing and health care, 7th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.


Chapters 3, 59, 64, 75


Health Policy and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

The selected three core competencies of advanced practice nursing include quality, policy, and independent practice. Quality competency is important in ensuring that an advanced nurse practitioner provides high-quality care and adheres to the required professional knowledge and standards to ensure the provision of high-quality care. A nurse practitioner should use the latest research evidence to apply in the clinical practice to improve the quality of care (Hamric et al; 2014). Mastering the quality competency significantly improves practice by ensuring that the best and latest research findings are applied to clinical practice. In addition, research is used to assess the organizational operations and inform policies and thus facilitating the implementation of the relevant improvements and implementation of health policies (Sastre-Fullana et al; 2017) NRP/508 Professional Organization Evaluation. I will continue to develop quality competency by always engaging in research to ensure my practice is informed by the best and latest research findings.

The second selected competency is policy. A nurse practitioner can influence the implementation of policies that support better care delivery. For example, a nurse practitioner should support the implementation of policies that support improved access to care, affordable healthcare and better quality of care. ANPs should use the best and latest evidence available to influence decisions that lead to a better quality of care, better access to care, and improved work environment for nurses (Arabi et al; 2014) NRP/508 Professional Organization Evaluation. In the future, I plan to always use the best evidence available to advocate for the implementation of policies that support increased access to healthcare for vulnerable groups such as the poor and people with mental disorders. I will also support professional organizations that advocate for the implementation of policies supporting health improvement for all and a better working environment for the nursing workforce.

The independent practice competency ascertains that nurse practitioners can work as licensed independent practitioners. Nurse practitioners can deliver care without being supervised. This includes the ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients independently (Sastre-Fullana et al; 2017). Being able to practice independently as an ANP improves access to care and addresses the issue of workforce shortage because ANPs can provide similar services provided by physicians. I will develop this competency by ensuring that I continually improve my clinical skills when it comes to the assessment, diagnosis, as well as treatment of patients. This will make me competent to practice independently as an NP and according to the state laws.




American Nurses Association (ANA). (2020). Health Policy.

Arabi, A., Rafii, F., Cheraghi, M. A., & Ghiyasvandian, S. (2014). Nurses’ policy influence: A concept analysis. Iranian journal of nursing and midwifery research, 19(3), 315–322.

Hamric, A. B., Hanson, C. M., Tracy, M.F., & O’Grady, E.T (2019). Hamric and Hanson’s advanced practice nursing: an integrative approach (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. NRP/508 Professional Organization Evaluation

Landers, S., Madigan, E., Leff, B., Rosati, R. J., McCann, B. A., Hornbake, R., MacMillan, R., Jones, K., Bowles, K., Dowding, D., Lee, T., Moorhead, T., Rodriguez, S., & Breese, E. (2016). The Future of Home Health Care: A Strategic Framework for Optimizing Value. Home health care management & practice, 28(4), 262–278.

Sastre-Fullana, P., Morales-Asencio, J. M., Sesé-Abad, A., Bennasar-Veny, M., Fernández-Domínguez, J. C., & De Pedro-Gómez, J. (2017). Advanced Practice Nursing Competency Assessment Instrument (APNCAI): clinimetric validation. BMJ open, 7(2), e013659. NRP/508 Professional Organization Evaluation


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