The purpose of this assignment is to give you an opportunity to explore the nurs
The purpose of this assignment is to give you an opportunity to explore the nurse practitioner (NP) scope of practice requirements in in the state where you plan to practice after graduation. You will also be taking a look at the NONPF NP competencies and leadership skills required in the NP role. You will be considering scholarly activities you can do to help yourself achieve the competencies and expand your leadership skills. The first section of this paper is the introduction. Your introduction should provide a brief overview of what will be covered in the paper. Include some general statements on the nurse practitioner scope of practice, nurse practitioner competencies, and leadership. Be sure that you identify the purpose of your paper in the introduction. In the next section of the paper, you will explore the scope of practice guidelines for the state in which you plan to practice after graduation. (Pennsylvania) Describe the educational and certification requirements for NPs in your state. Discuss whether your state is a full, reduced, or restricted practice state in relation to physician collaboration. Discuss the state’s guidelines for NP prescriptive authority. Are there any limitations or special requirements? The section should be supported by at least one scholarly resource. Your state’s board of nursing website is a good place to start looking for information for this section and may be used as your scholarly source. Next, you will explore the topic of nurse practitioner competencies. Please use the competencies described by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties or NONPF. A link to the competencies document is located under the readings for week 2. Additional information about the competencies is provided in the week 4 lesson. Review the competencies. Describe two competency areas in which you feel you have strengths and two areas in which you would like to grow by the end of the program. For the areas in which you’d like to grow, discuss two scholarly activities you could do to help improve your competencies. Examples of things you could do might include joining a professional organization, doing a literature search in the library, finding a mentor, or participating in research or quality improvement initiatives in your current practice environment. Be sure to support this section with at least one scholarly source. As master’s prepared nurse practitioners, you will be in a position to provide professional leadership. There are many skills that help nurses be good leaders. Analyze three leadership skills the help NPs to provide leadership. Describe two strategies for improving your personal leadership skills. Provide support for this section from at least one scholarly source. A library search will yield a number of great articles on APN leadership. The conclusion of your paper should include a brief summary of what you discussed as well as a sentence or two tying everything together.

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