2016 Volume 14 Issue 2 Pages 43-47
The period of education for Korean advanced practice nurse (APN) is over two years, and nurses with at least 3 years' field experience in the corresponding area within the last 10 years are qualified to be admitted to the course. Regardless of area, the students are required to earn 13 credits of common subjects, 10 or more of major theoretical subjects, and 10 or more of major practicums, and a total of 33 credits or more. Common subjects include nursing theory, nursing research with biostatistics, role and policy, advanced assessment, pharmacology, and pathophysiology. Practices in the APN courses are operated mainly by APNs, physicians, nursing professors, etc., but specialists from different job categories may participate depending on the contents of practice. The contents of practice are linked to lectures, and the main goal of practice and lecture is to raise APNs equipped with capabilities in addition to competency. It has been proved that the APN is critical for the improvement of patient safety and for cost-effectiveness of healthcare. Adequate training programs are important to expand APNs' role and employment. The clinical practicum is one of the key points to make APNs qualified properly to practice in clinical settings. Many efforts and strategies are needed continuously until APNs settle down and practice adequately in Korea.