Implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education

APNA has endorsed the Consensus Model (CM) for APRN Regulation, which outlines a future plan for all of advanced practice nursing. The advantage of the CM is that it will provide greater consistency in licensure, accreditation, certification and education (LACE). We believe that this consistency will benefit advanced practice registered nurses in psychiatric-mental health (APRN-PMH) and, ultimately, the people whom we serve. Since access to care continues to be a major issue in mental health, and the mental health needs of the public continue to change, PMH nursing must change to meet these needs more effectively. Access to quality care for all people with mental health needs is the underlying principle behind our endorsement of the CM.

The CM presents us with a great opportunity to envision the future of the APRN-PMH. However, getting from the present conceptualization to the future realities of implementation presents questions and challenges that need to be addressed before the proposed 2015 implementation date can occur. The creation of a LACE Implementation Task Force has been approved by the Board of Directors to determine the APNA vision for the future of psychiatric nursing.

Click here for the APNA Project Plan

Background information
An educational webinar on the CM was presented on July 29, 2009 in an effort to educate APNA members and other PMH nurse regarding the LACE consensus model about:
       1) What the LACE Consensus Model (CM) for APRN regulation is and how it was developed;
       2) The degree to which APNA was involved in the development of the CM;
       3) The reasons why APNA endorsed the CM; and
       4) The implications of the CM for APRN-PMH education and patient care.

From the questions posed on the webinar, an FAQ sheet was developed and posted on the APNA website. (Click here for the FAQ.)

Click here for a list of task force members.

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