Assignment: Microcredentialing and Badging

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Assignment: Microcredentialing and Badging

Assignment: Microcredentialing and Badging

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The model has had a major effect on creating uniformity in educational preparation and entry to practice, which will make it easier and more accessible for APRNs to practice and move from state to state.

NPs who hold national certification

must maintain popu- lation focus–specific requirements for practice and renewal. As more state practice acts adopt and comply with the APRN consensus model, existing NPs who were trained outside those population-specific foci(i.e., trained as an adult NP versus an adult/gerontological NP) may find that they are grandfathered into practice with their prior education and certification, but will likely be required to maintain existing licensure and certifica- tions to be compliant, based on the requirements of their state (NCSBN, 2010). Existing NPs practicing in specialty areas will also most likely be required to maintain those population-specific requirements in addition to their specialty requirements. ONPs must remain aware of evolving issues related to practice and reg- ulatory and reimbursement activities that affect practice in their states.

Another issue affecting licensure is continuing education (CE). Maintenance of certification, CE credits, and practice port- folios may assist ONPs in documenting continuing competence. With evolving technology, maintaining records of such activities for purposes of licensure, certification, and credentialing may become less cumbersome for practitioners.

Certification

ONPs possess highly specialized knowledge and skills to function optimally in their roles across the disease spectrum. In addition to certification in both the role of the NP and specific popula- tion foci, ONPs are encouraged to seek specialty certification

TABLE 1.

NUMBER OF CERTIFIED NURSE PRACTITIONERS (NPs) IN THE UNITED STATES

YEAR CERTIFIED NPs

1979 15,000

1983 24,000

1999 68,300

2004 106,000

2009 130,000

2014 192,000

2017 234,000

2018 248,000

Note. Based on information from American Association of NPs, 2018a.

“Only 16% of nurse practitioners had completed a program with a primary focus in oncology.”

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to validate their knowledge in the oncology specialty. Oncology nursing certification through ONCC provides validation of the specialized knowledge and experience required for competent performance and meets rigorous national standards that are reli- able and legally defensible measurements of oncology nursing knowledge (ONS, 2017). The role of ONPs continues to evolve with microcredentialing and badging emerging as innovative ways to ensure specialty-specific knowledge.

 

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