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.
Every year, millions of people choose Advanced Practice Clinicians (APCs) as their health care providers. APCs excel in comprehensive primary care, and evidence shows that APCs produce quality outcomes similar to physicians. Additionally, with a nationwide shortage of physicians and an increased demand for health care services, APCs are able to fill the gap in improving access.
In a primary care setting, APCs can provide similar care as physicians.
In the hospital, APCs work collaboratively with the healthcare team and provide ongoing hospital care.
No. When you schedule an appointment with an APC, the APC will be your primary source of care during the appointment. APCs work independently and have their own panel of patients.
As with physicians, many of our APCs have longstanding relationships with patients and become the patients’ primary care provider.
In primary care, APCs are able to provide the same level of care that physicians do, and APCs and physicians consult back and forth on a patient’s care as needed.
Yes. Every year, millions of people choose Advanced Practice Clinicians (APCs) as their health care providers. APCs excel in comprehensive primary care, and evidence shows that APCs produce quality outcomes similar to physicians. Additionally, with a nationwide shortage of physicians and an increased demand for health care services, APCs are able to fill the gap in improving access.
APCs have advanced education and training and pass rigorous certification exams for licensure.
Physician Assistants (PAs) are educated in general medicine and trained using a disease-centered curriculum. Physician assistants graduate with a master’s degree.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) are registered nurses with a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing and trained using a patient-centered curriculum. They typically specialize in a population or area of care that includes: family care (newborn to geriatric), adult-geriatric (primary care or acute care), pediatric (primary care or acute care), neonatal, psychiatric, or women’s health/gender-related, certified Midwife (CNM), or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).