P PO OINT INT ccoounterpoint SHOULD THE NP CURRICULUM BE STANDARDIZED? The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) publishes Essentials and the National Organization of Nurse Practi- tioner Faculties issues competencies and these guide faculty in designing nurse practitioner (NP) curricula. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing speciﬁes coursework that must be included in NP curricula. The advantages of evidence-based, peer- reviewed standards are clear: payers, employers, health care institutions, and our patients expect uniform competency among NPs. At the same time, we NPs expect employers, peers, and our patients to understand what it is we do and to tailor their expectations of us to those competencies, which don’t change as we move across state lines or from one health care setting to another. Having our education and training programs meet certain standards helps satisfy those expectations. But, should NP curricula be standardized? eDonald Gardenier Lisa Roberts Lisa R. Roberts, DrPH, FNP-BC, is an associate professor at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA, and a primary care NP with a focus on health promotion and prevention. Dr. Roberts also conducts research focusing on interventions to address the needs of vulnerable populations in the United States
The Journal for Nurse Practitioners – Elsevier
Published: Mar 1, 2018
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