1. Manning, Mary BSN, RN


The role of the advanced practice nurse is evolving in the specialty of gastroenterology, requiring flexibility and an openness to change on the part of the practitioner. The gastroenterology advanced practice nurse performs history and physical assessments, orders diagnostic studies, determines medical and nursing diagnoses, prescribes and evaluates pharmacologic and other therapeutic regimens, manages followup care, and evaluates patient outcomes. The advance practice nurse also provides patient, family, and group education and screening programs. Collaboration with other healthcare professionals; serving as a mentor and as a consultant; participating in continuing education, research and quality management; and providing professional leadership underscore the professional aspects of advance practice nurse activities. The focus of this article is the educational role of the advanced practice nurse. The body of knowledge applicable to the educational role is discussed, in addition to contributory professional activities.