Acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) roles are increasing in number and scope with expanding opportunities available for collaborative practice. Negotiating for these positions is challenging, but manageable with knowledge about essential components of collaborative practice negotiation. Understanding the process of self-assessment and needs assessment will enable the ACNP to approach the task better equipped. Interview preparation is the key to presenting an employer with a professional, organized portfolio.
The ACNP can achieve the goal of negotiating a collaborative practice partnership by demonstrating dependability, honesty, and sound nursing and medical practice. Continuity and detail are the means by which the ACNP enhances quality care in collaborating in patient care management. This article explores the process of negotiating a collaborative practice role and provides examples from physician and ACNP collaborative practice experiences.