Competencies for Nurse Practitioners in Emergency Care

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ANA Endorsed Position Statement from Emergency Nurses Association - Endorsed 2008

Nurse practitioners have been practicing in emergency care for nearly five decades. Until now, competencies were not established to verify nurse practitioner ability to perform in the emergency setting. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) established entry-level core competencies for all nurse practitioners (NONPF, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2006). The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) recognizes these core competencies as the foundation for all nurse practitioner practice. In 2006, the ENA established a Nurse Practitioner Validation Work Team to explore and delineate the behaviors, knowledge, and skills necessary for a nurse practitioner to competently practice in emergency care.

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