Compare and identify the differences between “Professional Standards for Expanded Practice Periaperative Registered Nurse’ and “Professional Standards for Advanced Practice Nurse (Peridperative). Compare, identify, and elaborate on the differences between the Competency of RNFAs with that of Professional Competency for APN (Perioperative).
Professional standards describe the competent level of care in each phase of the nursing process. They reflect a desired and achievable level of performance against which a nurse’s actual performance can be compared. The main purpose of professional standards is to direct and maintain safe and clinically competent nursing practice.
These standards are important to our profession because they promote and guide our clinical practice. They provide an evaluation tool for yourself and your colleagues to ensure clinical proficiency and safety. Professional nursing standards are also used to provide a framework for developing clinical competency checklists or proficiency evaluations for a specific clinical unit or employer. And they may be used as a comparison tool to evaluate a nurse’s care if the employer suspects the nurse has developed unsafe work habits or isn’t adhering to established organizational policies or widely accepted guidelines established by state and federal laws or leading healthcare organizations.