advanced practice nursing, clinical nurse specialist, educational programs, emergency care, nurse practitioner



  1. Cole, Frank L. PhD, CEN, FNP, FAAN, FAANP, FAEN


This article highlights the evolution of advanced practice nursing roles and their application to emergency care. Educational programs that prepare advanced practice nurses for practice in emergency care as clinical nurse specialists or nurse practitioners are described. Differences between the programs are also identified. Factors that a person interested in obtaining APN education should consider in choosing a program that is best for his or her goals are considered as well.