The APRN LACE web page is nearly here! The purpose of the page is to connect the folks from Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education. Additionally, it will connect representatives from each of the four advanced practice roles: CNS, NP, CRNA, and CNM and the practice environment through the professional associations that represent practice.
There will be two portions of the web page: the public page and the internal member page. The public page will be, of course, open to all and you can access the page at the following URL http://www.aprnlace.org
That page will ultimately contain decisions that are made regarding common definitions, frequently asked questions, general public information that is relative and important to the public and organizations that are working on the implementation of LACE.
The member only page is reserved for those representatives of organizations that have paid to participate. The discussions on the private pages and discussion groups are expected to assist in clarifying issues related to the LACE implementation. The fee has been charged for two reasons: 1) in order to maintain the website and 2) to ensure that the LACE process is "owned" by more than just one organization. Organizations that have been invited to participate are those that have been active in the development of the APRN Consensus document and subsequent processes of implementation. Each organization has been offered three personnel who can participate.
If you are a member of an organization that was a part of the process, find out who the members are that will be representing you in the members only portion of the discussions. For the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) those folks will be: 1) your new president, Stephen Patten, 2) the new Executive Director for NACNS, Melinda Ray, and 3) me!
I am also an administrator for the CNS and Education portions of the site. If you have questions you want to ask, if you have issues that you need to have answers for, if you just want to know what is happening, let me know! I can ask the questions for you...or alternatively let you know what the discussions are so that we can be best informed of the needs coming from those of you who may not be directly represented in the dialogue. You have an opportunity...take full advantage of it!