Advanced Practice Nursing
Advanced practice nurses (APN) are registered nurses (RN) who
have a Master’s degree or better in nursing. APNs have also completed
specialized training and have experience beyond that which is required of RNs.
As a result of their advanced education and experience, APNs
are certified through the California State Board of Registered Nursing. APNs provide a variety of expert services
including consultation, direct patient care, formal and informal education.
Examples of APNs include clinical nurse specialists (CNS), nurse
practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and certified nurse anesthetists.
- Clinical nurse
specialists are experts in the provision and evaluation of nursing care.
The formal roles of a CNS include consultation, education, leadership and
conducting and utilizing research. The
CNS improves patient outcomes through implementation of evidenced-based
protocols or guidelines and expert consultation with complex or specialized
- Nurse practitioners
provide direct clinical care to a select group of patients. Through approved protocols, nurse practitioners
diagnose and manage common acute and chronic illnesses, perform and interpret
diagnostic tests, perform and prescribe therapeutic measures and prescribe medications.
nurse midwives provide care for women with pregnancies that are
uncomplicated and not considered to be “high risk.” They can prescribe
medications, medical devices and diagnose and treat conditions.
nurse anesthetists are APNs who have been board-certified in anesthesia.
They are authorized to deliver comprehensive anesthesia care, including general,
spinal, sedation, epidural or local.
The Interdisciplinary Practice Committee (IDP) meets to
review and approve allied health professional practice protocols and grant APNs
privileges to provide care to patients at UC Irvine Medical Center. To be considered for review, APNs submit practice
protocols, an application and other documents for consideration by the