Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) provide primary health care services to families and individuals across their lifespans. They comprise registered nurses with advanced education and knowledge to enable them to execute nurse practitioners’ duties effectively. They provide healthcare services such as disease prevention, diagnosis, management of chronic and acute illness, and disease prevention. This essay presents a critique of the family nurse practitioner professional meeting that was attended recently.
Critique of the FNP Professional Meeting
Healthcare professionals organize nurse practitioner professional meetings frequently to bring together FNP from various health care facilities and communities. The professionals gather together to discuss the challenges they face in the field and the technicalities they encounter when performing community nursing. The meeting was attended by fifty family nurse practitioners from various communities and health care facilities. The main agenda for the meeting was nursing practice and professionalism at the workplace. The meeting was presided over by four senior officials from the ministry of health, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Centre for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The quality of community-based primary healthcare nursing practice was reviewed.
The issues that surround family nurse practitioners such as healthcare promotions and the development of positive health behaviors were discussed in-depth. The majority of the nurse practitioners claimed that the major problem they face in their practice is poor health behaviors that cause diseases. Moreover, issues of undeserved patients, uninsured patients, and bicultural patients arose in the meeting. Recommendations were discussed on how such patients can be assisted despite their predicament. During the meeting, the current policy of FNPs functioning independently or as independent health care practitioners was discussed. The professionals provided that licensed FNP can function without physician supervision in delivering medical services to community-based patients. The experts guided important educational discussions on accountable care organizations (ACOs), Electronic Health Records (EHRs), health care reform status, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
Those discussions helped the practitioners to be enlightened on FNP key issues and the legislation governing their operations. The professionals also got educated on the key roles of Congress, CMS, and other regulatory agencies that influence the ability of family nurse practitioners to provide efficient and effective healthcare to their patients. Attending a professional meeting is very important for advanced nurse practitioners and any other professional. At those meetings, important issues affecting the profession are discussed and new policies or changes are communicated.
Moreover, professionals from different areas and healthcare facilities have a chance to share their experiences about the actual challenges they meet in the field. Nurse practitioners get an opportunity to network and extend their friend list besides learning important aspects from other family nursing professionals. As a new nurse practitioner one can add new blood to the group of professionals and bring a unique new experience. In addition, a new nurse practitioner may actively participate in an environment that is fun, scholarly, and social. These professional meetings are important, but they will become more effective if the organizers first conduct the needs assessment to identify the educational needs of the professionals before planning for a training program. In addition, follow-up initiatives should be incorporated to ensure that the recommendations made during earlier meetings are implemented effectively before new meetings are arranged. A nurse practitioner can ensure that those elements are incorporated in the meetings by actively working with other professionals within and beyond the meeting setting.