Preparing for Certification, Licensure, and Beyond

Nationally recognized competencies and practice standards ensure our profession is meeting the benchmark for excellence in healthcare delivery to include acute, chronic, and preventive care. Research has proven that the care provided by NPs improves patient outcomes significantly. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) developed NP competencies to use as a guide for ensuring NPs have mastered their program of study and are ready to transition from the role of RN to the role of NP and pursue national certification with one of the current certifying bodies. Throughout your program, you have developed important knowledge and skills related to these competencies. Understanding and articulating the degree to which you are knowledgeable about and ready to demonstrate these competencies will position you to be a valuable and contributing member to any organization that you work with in the future.

This week, you will review the NONPF competencies and also finalize and submit your professional career planner. Applying your knowledge of the core competencies for nurse practitioners to the creation of your career planner will help you articulate and highlight your experience and potential to contribute to a future organization. 

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Create a nurse practitioner career planner
  • Identify resources that support personal career development
  • Analyze how the nurse practitioner program contributes to mastery of National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties competencies
  • Propose plans to engage in community social change as a nurse practitioner
  • Explain legislative and advocacy activities related to nurse practitioner practice 

Learning Resources

Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)American Nurses Credentialing Center. (n.d.). Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (across the lifespan) certification (PMHNP-BC). to ANCC Study Aids – Free for sample test questions and study guides to help you prepare for your certification exam.

Buppert, C. (2021). Nurse practitioner’s business practice and legal guide (7th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.

  • Chapter 12, “Lawmaking and Health Policy”
  • Chapter 14, “Standards of Care for Nurse Practitioner Practice”
  • Chapter 15, “Measuring Nurse Practitioner Performance”

The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. (2017). Nurse practitioner core competencies. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. (n.d.). National organization of nurse practitioner faculties.  

Stewart, J. G., & DeNisco, S. M. (2019). Role development for the nurse practitioner (2nd ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.

  • Chapter 11, “Concepts of the Professional”
  • Chapter 12, “Health Policy and the Nurse Practitioner”
  • Chapter 14, “Mentoring”

Zakhari, R. (2021). The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certification review manual. Springer Publishing Company.  

  • Chapter 1, “Preparing to Pass the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam” (for review as needed)
  • Chapter 16, “Practice Test”

Document: Career Planner GuideRequired Media (click to expand/reduce)APRN Central. (2019, October 27). Goal digger: Test taking strategies [Video]. YouTube. (2020, February 16). Test-taking strategies to pass the NCLEX in 75 questions part 1 [Video]. YouTube.

Walden Graduation and Next Steps
In this video, Dr. Judi Kuric discusses important topics related to the transition from coursework to advanced nursing practice. (35 min)Accessible player –Downloads–Download Video w/CCDownload AudioDownload TranscriptWalden University. (2020). Test taking strategies: Preparation for your certification exam [Video]. 

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