The Role of Advanced Practice Nurses in Primary Care: A Comprehensive Review


Holly Zoe*

Advanced Practice Nurses play a pivotal role in modern healthcare, particularly in primary care settings. Their unique skill set, which includes nurse practitioners clinical nurse specialists certified nurse midwives and certified registered nurse anesthetists allows them to deliver a wide range of healthcare services. This comprehensive review aims to explore and shed light on the multifaceted role of APNs in primary care, emphasizing their contribution to improving access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services. To understand the evolution of APNs in primary care, it's essential to explore their historical development. This section will briefly delve into the origins of APN roles and their expansion over the years, highlighting key milestones and legislative changes that have shaped their practice. The scope of practice for APNs varies by state and specialty, but it generally encompasses health assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients across the lifespan. This section will provide an overview of the core competencies and skills that APNs bring to primary care, emphasizing their ability to provide comprehensive, patientcentered care. One of the significant contributions of APNs in primary care is enhancing access to healthcare services, especially in underserved and rural areas. This section will explore how APNs bridge the gap in healthcare access, improve patient outcomes, and reduce health disparities through their practice. APNs are known for their commitment to delivering high-quality care.




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