The New “Consensus Model” in NP Education
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This may help some readers understand. It was re-printed with permission from FHEA News (Peg Fitzgerald’s Group).
Will some NPs have to re-train if they do not fit in? Will people be grandfathered? Don’t the states have to agree with this?
Understanding the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation and its Impact on Certification
by Jaclyn Fitzgerald, Editor
The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education is a model developed by more than 40 nursing organizations with a common goal to create a standardized system to allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to practice more independently. This model was finalized in 2008 with the intention of successful application of standards for licensure, accreditation, certification and education (LACE) for APRNs by 2015.
There will be four general roles for APRNs under this new model, including certified nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, certified nurse specialist, and certified registered nurse anesthetist. The model will also feature six population foci that includes family/individual across lifespan, adult-gerontology, neonatal, pediatrics, women’s health/gender-related, and psychiatric-mental health. Independent APRN licensure will be based on the four roles and at least one foci. One will not be permitted to be licensed only by specialty, but instead must define their role by population foci and then specify their exact area of practice if desired.
One of the organizations involved in the development of this model is the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC has shared its plans to gradually change their certification programs based on the implementation timeline for the Consensus Model. They are expected to initiate new options for certification including adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (NP) and adult-gerontology primary care NP in 2013. Similarly, they will retire the acute care, adult psychiatric and mental health, and gerontological NP options by 2014 as these certifications and others will not meet the standards of the model. The retirement process is applicable to those who are seeking new credentials. However, it will not impact APRNs who maintain their current credentials through continuing education and clinical practice and do not allow their certification to lapse. Currently, the ANCC is working towards the creation of new certification examinations that will reflect the changes in the certification types offered.
Author’s Note: Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc., is committed to the success of the APRN. Our NP Certification Examination Review and Advanced Practice Update course is updated annually to comply with changes in certification examinations and practice. We will continue to monitor the implementation process of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation and its impact on certification so that we can adapt our review course to reflect these changes once a content outline of the new certification exams has been announced.
American Nurses Credentialing Center. APRN Corner: Frequently Asked Questions. http://nursecredentialing.org/Certification/APRNCorner/APRN-FAQ.aspx. Accessed 11.14.11.