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  • Thank you very much for your thoughtful response to our article entitled, “Exploring Race in Nursing: Teaching Nursing Students about Racial Inequality Using the Historical Lens.” Certainly, this is a very large topic and indeed deserves our serious consideration. I could not agree with you more and am encouraged to find that young scholars are investigating diverse minority populations and addressing the gap that you so ably point out.

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Letter to the Editor on "Advanced Practice Nursing"

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October 25, 2005
in response to Advanced Practice Nursing

Dear Editor:

I write in response to the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) topic. Many APNs have difficulty finding the balance between collaborating with other health care professionals and practicing in an autonomous manner. The ultimate goal for many practicing APNs is a high level of independence. However, current state regulations and/or community norms may limit independent practice. What then can APNs do to achieve professional fulfillment in spite of current limits on their practice? One way for APNs to improve their job satisfaction is by working together in a cohesive manner, which can be accomplished by joining their professional organizations and becoming active participants in these organizations. Active involvement in professional organizations will enable APNs to work with lobbyists who will advocate for policies that will support APNs in an independent practice role. Making our voices heard in the legislative chambers holds great potential for allowing APNs to practice using all the skills they are capable of using.

Mope T. Adeola, RN, BS
Clinical Nurse Specialist Graduate Student
School of Nursing
Purdue Calumet University
Hammond, IN