Many states want to make changes that will impact nurses and how they practice nursing.  Advanced practice nurses (APN’s) should stay abreast of potential changes in relevant nursing or related regulations.  Nurses already have to take continuing education courses in order to maintain their licensure.  As an APN, the basic requirements that a registered nurse has to take are not going to be sufficient for an APN.  The best way to stay current is to join an association and become a member nationally and then join the local chapter.  Being a member of a national organization will allow the APN to get current regulations that affect the entire country and the local chapter will give the information that pertains to the state where the APN practices.  The local chapters of an organization can provide opportunities as well for speaking engagements where the APN can be involved in presenting a topic that is researched to also expand upon the APN’s knowledge (DeNisco & Barker, 2012).


DeNisco, S. M., & Barker, A. M. (2012). Government regulation: Parallel and powerful. In Advanced practice nursing: Evolving roles for the transformation of the profession (2nd ed., pp. 231-260). [Vital Source Bookshelf]. Retrieved from

Rosie Moore, RN, DNP

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