In the nurse practice, there are various practice roles that may be anticipated from a practitioner. Typically, advanced nurse practitioners provide the follow care as nurse practitioners. Mostly, the responsibilities of such nurse practitioners is to be at a front like of care delivered to patients. Another category is certified nurse-midwives, whose responsibilities is to provide gynecological care in various types of facilities, both public and private. Another category of nurses is represented by clinical nurse specialists who provide care in specific care areas, such as cardiac, pediatric etc. Certified registered nurse anesthetics are the only providers of anesthesia in most of the US territory, and that is why this type of advanced nursing type is much appreciated.
If I were Mary, I would most likely choose to practice as a nurse practitioner. There are several important advantages that these nurses possess in this particular type of nursing. First, it provides a direct contact with patients, and consequently a nurse requires more knowledge about the direct practice experience. As an exemplary student, Mary could gain a lot of knowledge as a nurse practitioner from this direct contact with patients. For instance, she could not gain a better understanding of the issues that most patients in a facility, but this could also become an excellent opportunity for a nurse to illustrate her preparedness of working with difficult patients.
Another reason why Mary should pick nurse practitioner area is that it envisages the area for a constant improvement as the direct contact in the working environment is the best way to learn how do work in the challenging environment. That is another reason for Mary to become a committed nurse practitioner.
However, there are certain cons, which Mary should consider as well. For instance, clinical nurse specialists work in the specific area and become true professionals in the chosen area of expertise. Meanwhile, a nurse practitioner works in different areas of expertise which are often not specialized. That is why if Mary is a more goal-oriented person, it may be a better choice to specialize in a particular area of expertise. At the same time, she should remember that Advanced Practice Nurse has more opportunities to practice than a nurse working in the regular environments ‘and perform such services as diagnosing and treating common acute illnesses and injuries, providing immunizations’. (American Association of College Nursing) She should anticipate encountering various challenges on her way that would shape her as a professional and inspire her to become a leader.
A similar challenge may be encountered if Mary chooses to work as a certified midwife. She may be too focused on the genealogical issues throughout her whole practice. Yet, contrary to working as a nurse practitioner she may have many difficulties working with people and understanding their problems in essence.
As stated in Mary’s background, she appears to be an individual who cares not only about the issues of nursing but also about the environment and other external factors that may influence on her performance as a nurse. (Kershaw, 2013) That is why she should be aware of the pros and cons of each specific area of advanced nurse practice.
Having assessed positive and negative features of each type of nursing practice, one can clearly see that the majority of benefits for Mary is located within the general nursing practice. Also, it is important to remember for Mary that this area of practicing should not limit her personal goals and boundaries. And that is why she should potentially challenge herself in other domains of nursing. Taking into account her type of personality, she would best suit as a nurse practitioner.