Focus on Advanced Practice: Revisiting the Blended Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse
Sharon Dudley-Brown PhD, RN, CRNP
Nancy H. Downey MSN, RN, NP, CGRN

Gastroenterology Nursing
June 2006 
Volume 29  Number 3
Pages 249 - 250
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Dudley-Brown, Sharon PhD, RN, CRNP

Section Editor(s): Downey, Nancy H. MSN, RN, NP, CGRN

Sharon Dudley-Brown, PhD, RN, CRNP, is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Correspondence to: Sharon Dudley-Brown, PhD, RN, CRNP, School of Nursing, The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20064 (e-mail: Revisiting the Blended Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

In a previous column ( Dudley-Brown, 2004 ), the history and development of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) role was described. This column will focus on the blending of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Nurse Practitioner (NP) roles within gastroenterology in order to best meet the needs of outpatients and improve their health outcomes.

Although defining the various APN roles seems intuitively straightforward (i.e., CNS, NP, nurse ...

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