The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) has determined nine broad areas of core competencies that apply to all nurse practitioners, regardless of specialty or patient population focus. NONPF created the first set of Nurse Practitioner Competencies in 1990; the most recent updates were incorporated in 2017. This course was designed to prepare you to synthesize knowledge gained throughout the program and to apply each of the nine core competencies within your selected areas of practice and your representative communities. 


Required Readings

· American Nurses Credentialing Center. (n.d.). 

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ANCC Study Aids – Free for sample test questions and study guides to help you prepare for your certification exam.

· Buppert, C. (2021). 

Nurse practitioner’s business practice and legal guide

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 (7th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.

· Chapter 12, “Lawmaking and Health Policy”

· Chapter 14, “Standards of Care for Nurse Practitioner Practice”

· Chapter 15, “Measuring Nurse Practitioner Performance”

· The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. (2017). 

Nurse practitioner core competencies

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· The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. (n.d.). 

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· Stewart, J. G., & DeNisco, S. M. (2019). 
Role development for the nurse practitioner (2nd ed.)
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· Chapter 11, “Concepts of the Professional”

· Chapter 12, “Health Policy and the Nurse Practitioner”

· Chapter 14, “Mentoring”

· Zakhari, R. (2021). 
The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certification review manual. Springer Publishing Company.  

· Chapter 1, “Preparing to Pass the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam” (for review as needed)

· Chapter 16, “Practice Test”


Career Planner Guide

The nine areas of competency are:

· Scientific Foundations

· Leadership

· Quality

· Practice Inquiry

· Technology and Information Literacy

· Policy

· Health Delivery System

· Ethics

· Independent Practice

· For each of the nine NONPF competencies, write one paragraph explaining how Nurse Practitioner program can prepare someone to meet the competency (for a total of at least nine paragraphs).

· Then, propose how a nurse practitioner can engage in social change in their community.

· Finally, describe 1–2 legislative and/or advocacy activities in which your state (Texas nurse practitioner organization) is involved. Be specific and provide examples.