The RCN has produced a publication that highlights the standards for nurses working as advanced nursing practitioners.
Introduction: RCN Standards for advanced level nursing practice, advanced nurse practitioners, RCN accreditation and RCN credentialing. These updated RCN competencies recognise the changing landscape of advanced level practice in nursing and other allied health professions and uses the term advanced level nursing practice to acknowledge this.
See: Advanced Level Nursing Practice: Introduction
Section 1 defines advanced level nursing practice and sets out the answers to key questions being asked by nurses, doctors, potential employers and commissioners, educational programme directors and others interested in this level of practice and the role of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
See: The registered nurse working at an advanced level of practice
Section 2 signposts readers to relevant domains and competences for advanced level nursing practice in the UK. The RCN endorses the consensus evident in the national standards on advanced level nursing practice published by the Department of Health (England), the Scottish Government, the Department of Health and Social Services Northern Ireland and the Welsh Assembly Government.
See: Advanced level nursing practice competencies
Section 3 sets out the standards which higher education institutions must meet for their advanced level nursing practice educational programmes to be eligible for RCN Accreditation. It also sets out the RCN Credentialing framework.
See: RCN accreditation and credentialing