Throughout my nursing career, I have cared for adults and geriatric patients. I am currently in an administrative role and debated on focusing on Nurse Executive. I met with some nurse executives and weighed the pros and cons of our discussions. I decided on focusing my advancement on Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPC-NP).
One of the reasons that drove my decision to the AGPC-NP program was that I love direct patient care. The role I currently hold, lacks direct patient-care. I also love managing a team and helping transform each individual to their full potential. I felt that if I persuaded my advancement in AGPC-NP, I
would route my professional career to grow even further in the executive realm and continue my passion for direct patient care on NURS 6003 Discussion Examining Nursing Specialties SAMPLE.
A professional organization I have found is the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). They have an array of resources for nurse practitioners but also students. This was very appealing to me. It isn’t easy to find a professional organization supporting younger nursing generations (Cherry, Caramanica, Everett, Fennimore, & Scott, 2019). The accessibility of multiple resources with current health care issues in one platform is attractive.
Nurses should seek membership in organizations that best support their professional and personal goals (Echevarria, 2018). The American Association of Nurse Practitioners believes in the importance of patient-centered health care. Its mission is to empower every NP in advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership (AANP, 2021). To become a member of AANP, you must fill an application. There are different membership categories: Nurse practitioner, student, licensed NP student, career starter, retired NP, and associate non-NP member. I would highly recommend that my colleagues take some time to view the AANP. Member benefits started with free continuing education, unyielding advocacy, networking opportunities, journal subscriptions, and exclusive discounts (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2021).
American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (2021). Membership. https://www.aanp.org/membership
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I enjoyed reading your post. I have also joined the AANP, a professional nursing association, recently – although it took me awhile to decide which organization would best suit my professional needs. After considering others though, my final decision was to join the AANP. The free CE opportunities, conferences, advocacy resources, clinical care tools, and leadership development and management information would all make it worth it alone (American association of Nurse Practitioners, 2021), but the best part of it is the ability to network with other colleagues who I can share ideas and information about similar practices. That is what attracts me about it the most. The monthly fee is kind of inconvenient to add on to my other expenses right now, but the benefits I will reap will outweigh the cost in the future to come.
I applaud you on your choice of MSN program. I was debating on Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPC-NP) or FNP. We all know that many of our patients are Adult-Gerontology and there is a great need in order to meet the ever-growing demand of this group (Walden University, 2021). Thank you for sharing with us your well-written post.
NURS 6003 Discussion Examining Nursing Specialties SAMPLE References:
Walden University (2021). Take the next step in your nursing career. Walden University. https://www.waldenu.edu/online-masters-programs/master-of-science-in-nursing
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2021). Membership. American Association of Nurse Practitioners. https://www.aanp.org/membership