Good question! What IS next?
Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education (LACE) component organizations are coming together twice a year in a face to face format to discuss the issues with implementation. The next meeting will be on May 19th in Chicago...hosted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Additionally, there will soon be an electonic format for discussion of the issues with implementation. The web site soon to be announced and fully released will be located at the following URL: http://www.aprnlace.org
This web site will be a place where both public members (such as yourself) and the member organizations can have discussions about the issues that are arising and how to resolve those issues in a way that does no harm to any of the constituents or stakeholders...At least that is how I envision it.
My hope is that folks will be able to bring forward issues, concerns, fears, etc. so that they can be discussed and resolved in a transparent manner that is workable for all. Do I have a pair of rose-coloured glasses....you bet. Am I totally naive that this will occur without difficulty...not so much. I do beleive, however, that there needs to be a venue where the dialogue can occur other than the present internal discussions that are taking place. I know that there are some groups that are discussing their issues with other groups and they are making decisions that will ultimately impact all four of the advanced practice roles. How those decisions will be communicated and how they will impact the other roles is still not clear as we are not in a situation where transparent communication is occuring...yet.
It remains to be seen what will happen when the web site is up and running. Be sure to check out the content that is there though. Even if you cannot get to the inner workings of the web site you will be able to see some of the decisions that are agreed to and how those decisions will impact your practice will be what I continue to discuss on this blog. Stay tuned!