Complete 5 page APA formatted essay: Challenges for family nurse practitioners.
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Part of the changes unfolding are changing demands in health care services that translates in the need for professional development of health care professionals, staying current to researches and technologies and in redeveloping social services Nursing involves not only rendering medical services but also social oriented services.The Royal College of Nursing (2006) defines it as the “use of clinical judgment in the provision of care to enable people to improve, maintain, or recover health, to cope with health problems, and to achieve the best possible quality of life, whatever their disease or disability, until death” (p. 3). This definition highlights the significance of the profession to society in providing care and well-being. One of the critical respondents are Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) who provide advanced primary care nursing practice in community-based settings in response to the growing needs of social focused health initiatives today (Friedman et al, 2003). FNP’s have various roles that contribute to the development of health and welfare networks. Understanding their roles is critical to any nursing professional so that services can be delivered to those who need them most.The roles taken by FNP’s in the community can be considered as one of the most direct response to developing health needs of society. Though the roles FNP’s are not exclusive from each other but rather are frameworks of function. However, it is critical to understand these roles to streamline efforts being done in communities. Efforts to increase health awareness and creating preventive care are seen as the most effective means of ensuring future medical crises are avoided but this entails greater coordination with other government agencies and the communities which may not be available for most settings (Gail et al, 2000).