Nature of Practice

  • Madrean Schober
Part of the Advanced Practice in Nursing book series (APN)


This chapter provides an overview of attributes associated with advanced nursing practice and advanced practice nursing roles. Identifying these key features provides a means to portray and explain this level of nursing and associated nursing roles to the public, other healthcare professionals, and key decision makers. The chapter begins by explaining the significance of title protection then presents role characteristics, scope of practice, and competencies for the advanced practice nurse. The implications of three controversial issues (prescriptive authority, diagnosing, hospital privileges) are discussed. The topics of advanced tasks versus critical thinking and task reallocation related to integration of APNs within a country’s healthcare workforce conclude the chapter.


Titles Scope of practice Competency Prescriptive authority Diagnosis Critical thinking Task reallocation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madrean Schober
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  1. 1.Schober Global Healthcare ConsultingIndianapolisUSA

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