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The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
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The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Author(s):

Clareen Wiencek

, and Alexander Wolf

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0068
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date: 18 October 2019

The advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) brings a unique and essential perspective to the discipline of palliative care—to focus holistically on the patient and family as the unit of care and to combine advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management. These nurses drive team-based care for optimal patient-level and program-level outcomes. This chapter will present a historical overview of the development, regulation, education, and certification of advanced practice registered nursing in general and include evidence supporting the outcomes of APRNs in palliative care and other specialties. This discussion will be aligned with important developments and standards in the discipline of palliative care in which APRNs practice.

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