Competencies for Nurse Practitioners

Competencies for Nurse Practitioners The graduate of a family/across the lifespan nursing program otherwise known as a family nurse practitioner must demonstrate commitment to family-centered care. The nurse must understand the importance of the family unit in the identified community (Hamric, Hanson, Tracy & O’Grady, 2013). In line with this, the family nurse practitioner must demonstrate several competencies and among these includes the quality core competency.
The quality core competency is demonstrated by the ability to use the best available evidence in the improvement of the quality of service. Secondly, this core competency is demonstrated by the ability of the practitioner to evaluate the relationships among care access, the cost, and quality and how all these factors influence healthcare in general (Arnold & Boggs, 2015). Third, the competency is demonstrated by the ability to evaluate the organizational structure and how it impacts on health care. The fourth factor demonstrating the quality core competency is the ability to promote the culture of excellence by using per reviews and fifth, the quality competency gets demonstrated by the practitioner’s ability to anticipate variations in the practice and then using interventions that ensure continuous quality improvement.
From a self-appraisal perspective, I believe that I possess the quality competency. I would implement the quality competency in the clinical setting by first using research to understand the culture of the community in which the facility is set up. It helps in the understanding of how best to handle and respond to the health requirements of the family unit. I would use evidence based practice as a key guiding approach to quality improvement in healthcare and would liaise with peers in the industry to get a good understanding of how best to improve the quality of healthcare in the community setting. Notably, from evidence-based practice, I recognize the family as a unit of the community and as a result, improvement of the quality of care must be focused on both the family and the community (Melnyk, Gallagher‐Ford, Long & Fineout‐Overholt, 2014).

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