Advanced Practice Nursing
APRNs are employed in all service lines serving the primary care community and the acute care population. They serve as direct care providers with the medical groups and physicians to a wide variety of patient population. APRNS are leaders in the nursing profession as educators and mentors to RNs and other medical professionals, participate in research and quality improvement projects, and have the opportunity to serve on councils and committees throughout ChristianaCare.
APRN Council includes representatives from the service lines across the health system. Representatives include Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners from both acute care and community care services. The council provides support for APRNs through participation in and promotion of advanced practice professional interests including legislative, education, peer review, credentialing, and privileging processes.
Council roles and responsibilities include:
- Promote and facilitate communication among APRNs.
- Review and provide approval recommendations for initial and renewal credentialing for all employed and non-employed APRNs and revisions to clinical privileges and job descriptions.
- Provide a collaborative forum for reporting and evaluating APRN practice concerns.
- Support the education and professional development of APRNs through sponsoring annual pharmacology conference, biannual APRN grand rounds, and annual town hall meeting with chief nurse executive.
- Provide consultation to human resources regarding development of job specifications, performance standards, marketing and recruitment.
Review and provide input to the Delaware Board of Nursing on APRN-related matters.
The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency program is a nine-month, intensive program for newly graduated nurse practitioners with less than 18 months’ experience. The residency consists of a six-month precepted experience followed by three months in primary care practice. It provides precepting by experienced nurse practitioners, specialty rotations, and additional didactic education in caring for primary care patients.