This paper describes the philosophical, conceptual, and programmatic characteristics of the Adult Critical Care Nurse Practitioner (CCNP) Program, which began at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. It outlines the rationale and strategies for curriculum revisions during the 3rd year of program implementation. The basic content and sequencing of courses in the program did not change. Curricular revisions In theoretical and field work courses consisted of modifying the approach to teaching with emphasis on critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical decision making. Finally, It discusses the future challenges for educating CCNPs, with an emphasis on market demands and research challenges
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Advanced Practice| February 01 1997
The Critical-Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania: Update and Revision
Rosalyn J. Watts, EdD, FAAN
From the Adult Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Reprint requests to Rosalyn J Watts, EdD, FAAN, Associate Professor and Program Director, Adult Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Pennsylvania, 420 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6096.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1997) 8 (1): 116–122.
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Rosalyn J. Watts; The Critical-Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania: Update and Revision. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 1997; 8 (1): 116–122. doi:
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