Advanced practice nurses play a vital role in an increasingly complex health care industry. They deliver cost-effective care and increased access to qualified practitioners for many patients and their families. Most of the time, they provide health care to the underserved population. Advanced practice nurses must be well-rounded in both theory and research in their clinical practice. They work in collegial capacities with physicians and are prepared to diagnose and treat patients with acute and chronic illnesses, as well as prescribing medications. The responsibilities of advanced practice nurses require them to be smart and savvy as they are both caring and compassionate.
To become an advanced practiced nurse (APN), one needs to obtain first a registered nurse’s license by passing a national examination. There are three educational paths to RN licensing: associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or a diploma from an accredited nursing school. Advanced Practice Nurses are certified in a nursing specialty such as pediatric endocrinology, or they must have credentials like certified nurse-midwife and psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Advanced Practice Nurses have advanced nursing education, typically a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from accredited school of nursing. APNs work independently, make informed judgments about patient’s health, produce nursing care plan, and manage cases. As the country experiences shortage of primary care by physicians, advanced practice nurses are expected to step into roles with greater responsibilities.
The Lilian Cary Scholarship was established at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. The scholarship is awarded to an MSN student in the family nurse-practitioner specialty. The scholarship is intended to encourage nurses to take up advanced studies in nursing to prepare them for the more challenging job of advanced practice nursing.
The Lilian Cary Scholarship is available to full-time MSN students at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Selection is based on academic merit and financial need.
Information about the scholarship grant may be obtained from:
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
461 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240
Telephone Number – 615-322-3800
Fax Number – 888-322-3800
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