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Nursing Practitioner Core Competency


There are 9 Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies according to The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). One of these competencies is “Scientific Foundation Competencies” which uses a research approach to improve the nursing practice. Next is “Leadership Competencies” which entails having a leadership role, working with the patients and health care professionals to give optimal health care outcomes, through critical thinking with increased knowledge and collaboration. We also have “Quality Competencies” which involves the quality of care we are delivering to patients and how we can improve whether it is financially, safety-related, or changes in structures.

Next is “Practice Inquiry Competencies” which applies the latest knowledge we have gained into clinical practice to improve health outcomes.

Next we have ” Technology and Information Literacy Competencies” which allows us to use technology to aid in reassuring we are providing optimal care to patients, analyzing what needs to be improved in the practice. We also have “Policy Competencies” that analyze factors that may be hindering proper health care in society and helps evaluate/advocate for ethical policies to be made. Nursing Practitioner Core Competency

Moreover “Health Delivery System Competencies” which allows us to see what is needed in diverse populations, affecting how health care is impacted throughout different environments and allows us to use the knowledge gained to improve this type of care.

In addition “Ethics Competencies” which incorporates morals/beliefs of other individuals into the type of health care they receive and overall health care decisions made


Lastly, we have “Independent Practice Competencies” which entails being able to function independently as licensed personnel, demonstrate accountability for actions taken and use the skills learned and knowledge gained to provide screenings and diagnostic tests on different populations, delivering optimal health care outcomes. My past, present, and future academic preparations meet all these requirements as I have been able to use all these competencies in my clinical practice starting from being introduced to all these components from the start of nursing school. I have been taught critical thinking and the importance of delivering efficient, quality care. I have been a part of my Hospital’s Quality and Safety council and I have gained insight into the types of minor things we can change in order to deliver more cost-efficient care with the same amazing health outcomes.  For future academic preparations, these next couple of years will prepare me in using my knowledge as a Nurse Practioner to work in a leadership role, providing the best possible care and being able to work independently diagnosing and treating patients. All these competencies are important as it relates to clinical practice because all together they make an amazing Nurse Practioner and health care professional in total, delivering the most evidence-based, quality care to every population.


Thomas, A., Crabtree, M. K., Delaney, K., Dumas, M. A., Kleinpell, R., Marfell, J., & Wolf, A. (2017). Nurse practitioner core competencies content. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty from

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