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APRN LACE dialogue for CNSs
Blog is about the changes and updates related to the implementation of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Consensus Model for Regulation and the Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education changes that will need to take place over the next few years.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
So what can you do?
The world of APRN licensure, accreditation, certification and education (LACE) will move according to the parties that are actively participating in the discussions. You have an opportunity to identify your concerns, voice your fears, participate fully in the dialogue that will form your future.
 
In order for me to know and understand the issues that you face as this model is implemented I need to hear from you. As you can see there have been some questions that have come forward...they come to me first and I review them for appropriateness as they are visible to the world at large once they are posted. I have not refused or rejected any posts at this time...be brave...ask your questions.
 
I also have been trying to clarify for those who asked questions..what were the decisions that were made behind the document? How did something get into the APRN Consensus document? I can share my perspectives on the process...but I need to hear from you.
 
You can and should share what you are experiencing. If I know what you are facing I can bring it to the discussions on the national level. If you are silent then I continue to think that the process is working...silence is assent. Be vocal...I can take it! I need to take it! I need to know.
 
That is one thing I would ask of you...another is that you become active in your state as the discussions are being held. Let them hear the CNS voice in every state. Speak directly to the Advanced Practice Consultant to the board. Let them know you are interested and can potentially provide information or can participate in any focus groups they may be considering as they look at how to implement the model. Let me know how that is working...or not...what you need from NACNS and from the organizations that may be impacting your ability to practice.
 
Finally, share this blog with others so they can read and can learn about the APRN Consenus Model and the intended impact of it on the advanced practice world. Through sharing and communication we can ensure that the word is spread far and wide and the flow of information is in both directions.
 
Help me to help you...talk to me.
About the Author

Kelly A Goudreau DSN, RN, ACNS-BC
Kelly A Goudreau DSN, RN, ACNS-BC is an Associate Editor for the Clinical Nurse Specialist Journal and has been a participant on behalf of NACNS in the development of the APRN Consensus Model and subsequent discussions about implementation of the LACE entity.

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