Week 5: Assignment – APN Infographic

The What, Why, When and How of APN, APRN or NP

What is APN, APRN or NP?

  • Advanced practice nurses (APNs) are healthcare professionals, although with knowledge and education levels beyond the most fundamental and basic nursing education. They are certified professionals, by professional organizations which are nationally recognized in a given nursing specialty. Either, they should be able to meet certain criteria established by the Board of nursing.
  • These NPs are able to write prescriptions, and often work under the supervision of a physician to make various prescriptions.
  • Patients can more easily get appointment to see an APN than they can get to see a doctor, showing how significant they are in the healthcare system.
  • Lastly, they can do anything performed by a doctor, except for independently performing surgical procedures.

Why Do APNs Exist?

  • APNs have critical roles in the health system. Some of their roles include;
  1. Diagnosing illnesses
  2. Advising the public on health issues
  3. Management of chronic diseases
  • APNs should engage in continuous education so that they are up to date with the latest evidence based strategies which are essential in achieving better patient health outcomes.
  • In addition to the initial nursing education and licensing required for all Registered Nurses (RNs), APRNs must be holders of at least a Master’s Degree.

When Should One See An NP, APRN Or APN

  • Just the same way one would want to see a doctor, they can as well see an NP, APRN or APN.
  • These professionals are also able to diagnose and treat acute infections, order for various investigations such as lab work or X-rays, manage the patient’s overall care, act as the primary care provider, in similar manner as the doctors.
  • They can as well be certified by board to focus more on a particular specialty such as women’s health or family practice.
  • The NPs are trained to make you feel comfortable, healthy and cared for.
  • Feel free to see an NP whenever your feel physical pain, develops a flue, follow ups, or for any other health concern, and you will find solutions.

How Do They Become NP, APN Or APRN?

  • The global demand of various healthcare professionals remain high. The field of specialities especially presents various opportunities. Completing the program to become an APRN can take as little as 18 months. An APRN must be a holder of at least a Master’s degree. The APNs must have additional education beyond the basic nursing education.
  • Due to these qualifications, APRNs are able to perform similar roles as doctors, with the exceptions of performing independent surgical procedures.
  • They are often the primary care providers, and patients can easily get appointments from them than they can get to see a doctor.


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  • Parker, J. M., & Hill, M. N. (2017). A review of advanced practice nursing in the united states, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong special administrative region (SAR), china. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 4(2), 196-204.


Infographics are visual representations of information. They can include numbers, text, images, or any combination of the three. Just as in traditional writing assignments, infographics can take on any of the various rhetorical modes — informative, instructive, descriptive, persuasive, etc. Infographics provide a quick way to convey a lot of information. For example, this infographic from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners conveys data related to NPs much more concisely than another paragraph inserted here could have (https://www.aanp.org/all-about-nps/what-is-an-np-2):
Students will create an Infographic on the topic of Advanced Practice Nursing. You will create an infographic that is easily understood by the lay public or general population. The infographic should provide information useful to communicating the “What, Why, When and How” of APN.

Student will select a platform (tool) for building their infographics. There are plenty of great infographic platforms out there. Most are free, but may require that you do set up an account. Check out Infogr.am, Easelly, Piktochart, and Visme.
Create the Infographic using one of the above platforms.
Post completed infographic in PDF format


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