Week 11: Professional Competencies


Nationally recognized competencies and practice standards ensure our profession is meeting the benchmark for excellence in healthcare delivery to include acute, chronic, and preventive care. Research has proven that the care provided by NPs improves patient outcomes significantly. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) developed NP Competencies to use as a guide for ensuring NPs have mastered their program of study and are ready to transition from the role of RN to the role of NP and pursue national certification with one of the current certifying bodies.This week, you reflect on the nine core nurse practitioner competencies outlined by NONPF and consider how you can effect positive social change in your community for salient advanced practice nursing issues.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Analyze how the nurse practitioner program contributes to mastery of NONPF nurse practitioner competencies
  • Propose plans to engage in community social change as a nurse practitioner

Learning Resources


Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)

Leik, M. T. C. (2018). Family nurse practitioner certification intensive review: Fast facts and practice questions (3rd ed.). Springer Publishing Company.

  • Ch. 27, Professional Roles and Reimbursement

Ford, L. C. (2015). Reflections on 50 years of change. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 27(6), 294–295. https://doi.org/10.1002/2327-6924.12271

Kooienga, S. A., & Carryer, J. B. (2015). Globalization and advancing primary care health care nurse practitioner practice. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 11(8), 804–811. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2015.06.012

American Nurses Association. (2020). https://www.nursingworld.org/

American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (2020). https://www.aanp.org/

American Nurses Credentialing Center. (2020). https://www.nursingworld.org/ancc/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). https://www.cdc.gov/

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2020b). Healthy people 2020. https://www.healthypeople.gov/

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2020a). Development of the national health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2030. https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/About-Healthy-People/Development-Healthy-People-2030

World Health Organization. (2020). https://www.who.int/

The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. (2017). Nurse practitioner core competencies content.


Assignment: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Competencies


The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) has determined core competencies that apply to all nurse practitioners, regardless of specialty or patient population focus. NONPF has represented them within nine broad areas of core competence. NONPF created the first set of Nurse Practitioner Competencies in 1990; the most recent updates were incorporated in 2017. This synthesis course has had the overarching objective of preparing you to be able to synthesize knowledge gained throughout the program and be prepared to apply each of the nine core competencies within your selected areas of practice and your representative communities.

The nine broad areas of competency are:

  1. Scientific Foundations
  2. Leadership
  3. Quality
  4. Practice Inquiry
  5. Technology and Information Literacy
  6. Policy
  7. Health Delivery System
  8. Ethics
  9. Independent Practice

To Prepare:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources, focusing on the NONPF Core Competencies Content.

The Assignment

For each of the nine NONPF competencies, write one paragraph explaining how the program has prepared you to meet it (for a total of at least nine paragraphs). Then, propose and explain how you plan to engage in social change in your community as a nurse practitioner. Be specific and provide examples.

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