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How APNs are Transforming Healthcare

Nurses Leading Innovation
October 11, 2016
How APNs are Transforming Healthcare

Nurses play a central role in creating revolutionary and lasting changes within healthcare and patient care. What are some of the advances they’ve made? During the past year, the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future and partnered to develop a content series called “APNs Transforming Care” that highlights the ways in which advanced practice nurses (APNs) are changing the face of healthcare delivery. 

Here are a few of their stories:

“In primary care we now have a much greater emphasis on population health, caring for a group of patients outside of the traditional office visit. This shift requires a different nursing skill set and a new set of proficiencies, especially given the fact that patients are currently being discharged earlier and are much sicker. The telephone is our stethoscope, and keeping patients healthy and safe at home is our ultimate goal.”

Transforming Primary Care - Marcy Bergeron, MS, RN, ANP

Read Marcy’s story at


“Don’t let fear paralyze you. Keep going and push through even though you may have financial or other burdens. You are smart enough and you are not too old. Yes, it’s harder than earning the BSN degree, but it is achievable. Try to cut back on work while you are in school. Many will try to discourage you; ignore them. It will be the best decision you have ever made.”

Transforming Family Practice - Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, FAAN 

Read Scharmaine’s story at




“My work involves many technical aspects, including intubating; inserting central lines; and administering epidurals, spinals and peripheral nerve blocks Once surgery is complete, the anesthetist must wake the patient at the right time. My role is similar to flying a plane. It’s all about takeoffs and landings, doing it smoothly and properly to keep our patients safe.”

Transforming CRNA Practice - Ali Baghai, MS, CRN

Read Ali’s story at



Stay tuned! The fourth and final article in the “APNs Transforming Care” series will feature Jennifer Viner, MS, CNRN, NP and will profile her role as a nurse practitioner working with patients and families in the U.S. and around the world , and will be published on October 27, 2016 on

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