Advanced practice clinicians (APCs) are comprised of Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). APRNs are further delineated as either Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Together they are known as APCs.
APCs play an integral role in meeting the needs of diverse patient populations in our hospitals, emergency/urgent care centers, office-based settings, and now virtual care, APCs are educated, experienced, and skilled in managing acute and chronic illness, as well as providing preventive care. APCs can screen, diagnose, treat, and perform procedures as needed.
ChristianaCare recognizes the unique value that APCs have and invests in supporting APCs with educational opportunities, mentoring support, leadership training, and growth opportunities. APCs serve as preceptors to APC students and mentors to newly hired APCs across many medical specialties. There are several councils and committees that allow APCs to have a voice and get involved. These councils are a supportive venue that allow for information sharing, collaboration, discussion of hot topics, as well as serving as a networking forum. APCs are further empowered through the dedicated leadership of the Director of Advanced Practice Clinicians, Donna Mower-Wade, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, CNRN.
Over the past decade, our APC workforce has shown tremendous growth. As the demand for health care access increases, ChristianaCare anticipates continued growth of the APC community. To prepare for this growth, ChristianaCare is committed to intensive onboarding training as well as the availability of competitive APC Fellowships.