Advanced Practice Scope and Standards

Monday, November 20, 2017
Advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners (NPs), are increasingly specializing in their areas of practice. In response, specialty nursing organizations have delineated the scope and standards of advanced practice in these specialty areas.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) first issued the AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice in 2006, updated them in 2012, and on November 14, 2017 issued its latest edition that describes the specialty’s evolving role in critical care nursing.

The new edition reflects advances in critical care knowledge, practice, and technology and aligns with the Consensus Model for Advanced Practice Nursing Regulation. This updated edition addresses the full scope of practice for Acute Care NPs, including pediatric acute care.

Similarly, the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) publishes the Statement on the Scope and Standards of Oncology Nursing Practice: Generalist and Advanced Practice. The statement includes required educational preparation for oncology NP practice, certification, and credentialing, and describes standards of advanced practice oncology nursing care and standards of professional practice.


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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN is an oncology nursing consultant and editor-in-chief of Oncology Nursing News.
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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, is the Editor-in-Chief for OncLive Nursing. She is an oncology nursing consultant and adjunct assistant professor of nursing at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She provides continuing nursing education to nurses across the Unites States, is active in several professional nursing organizations, and is intrigued by the many ways nurses use technology to communicate.
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