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    Chandice Covington, PhD, APRN, PCPNP-BC, FAAN 
    School of Nursing Dean and Vice President

    The role of nurses with advanced practice training has long been misunderstood by the general public and health care community alike. Kaplan University School of Nursing's "Know Your Advance Practice RN" campaign is our effort to help bring clarity and promote the important role of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to the delivery of health care in the United States.

    Many factors have been propelling the careers of APRNs, from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the greater demand for primary care access to the growth of Accountable Care Organizations, among others. How and where health care is provided continues to evolve and with it advanced practice nursing. That is why we must seize this opportunity to educate all stakeholders about what it takes to become an APRN and the inherent value of these skilled professionals.

    Launched during National Nurses Week 2016, the "Know Your Advance Practice RN" campaign serves a dual purpose. It is an informational platform for nursing professionals who are interested in learning more about APRNs. It is also a declaration of support for the Campaign for Consensus, a national education and advocacy campaign from the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) that seeks to align the education requirements, titles, and scope of practice parameters for four types of APRNs:

    • Certified Nurse Practitioner
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
    • Certified Nurse Midwife

    I encourage you to explore the Kaplan University School of Nursing "Know Your Advance Practice RN" web page and hear from nurse leaders about the varied and expanding roles for ARNPs in our health care system.  

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