FROM THE EDITOR
I do not normally tout another journal but, as a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), a founding member of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP), and an author in this theme issue (full disclosure), I highly recommend reading five ENP articles that appeared as in the October 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP). This information is historical, groundbreaking, and cutting-edge all-at-once!
These JAANP articles further illustrate the role of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) outlining the historical beginnings and the evolving role of the emergency nurse practitioner specialty. Research underpinning the emergency specialty practice provides the content validity for the national emergency nurse practitioner certification (ENP-C) program. A new model is presented “that defines the specialty of emergency care knowledge, skills, and abilities identified by the ENP practice analysis as practice standards, not traditional competency” (Hoyt et al., 2018, p. 551). Content for ENP preparation is delineated for graduate, post-graduate, and doctoral programs. The final article describes how ENPs are embracing the future of emergency care and working to influence and inform regulatory bodies in order to achieve full practice authority.
We have accomplished a great deal, but more work is needed, particularly in the area of regulation. As trailblazers, the role of the ENP can serve as a model for the development of other advanced practice nursing specialties. These five articles are worth reading cover-to-cover . . . I promise, you will not be disappointed!
—K. Sue Hoyt, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAEN, FAANP, FAAN
Hoyt K. S., Evans D. D., Wilbeck J., Ramirez E., Agan D., Tyler D., Schumann L. (2018). Appraisal of the emergency nurse practitioner specialty role. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 30(10), 551–559.