After performing their self-assessment and receiving peer feedback, nurse practitioners create a professional development plan.
Select a minimum of three professional development activities from six categories of options. The options are outlined below.
We have recently revised the requirements so that you can choose any combination of the six options to satisfy your professional development needs. At least one activity must relate to the scope of nurse practitioner practice, e.g., diagnosing and managing disease, prescribing medications.
Your professional development plan should contain comprehensive details of your activities including the relevance and impact for your practice. For example record the title, duration and evidence of participation in continuing education or journal titles and your critique.
Examples may include conferences, workshops, clinical updates or rounds that target clinical treatment, including pharmaco-therapeutics or other aspects relevant to your nurse practitioner practice (e.g., ethics).
This may include reading and critiquing professional journals at the nurse practitioner level or participating in a journal club that targets clinical treatment, including prescribing.
Take or audit academic credit course(s) or enrol in an accredited or academic program at the level of a nurse practitioner/advanced practice nursing. The focus should be applicable to your context of practice or the scope of nurse practitioner practice.
Teach an educational seminar, presentation or lecture. Teaching might include providing a lecture or tutoring health professionals, presenting at a professional conference, thesis committee work or preceptoring at the nurse practitioner level. Teaching that is part of role function is not suitable for this option.
Write for publication. For example, write an article in a journal or a chapter in a text that facilitates the integration of evidence-based knowledge into practice.
Conduct research. For example, undertake relevant clinical research activities or participate in a clinical research collaborative project that contributes to the understanding and development of evidence-based nursing knowledge. This might include completing a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation relevant to your stream of nurse practitioner practice. Recommendations for this option: