Competencies for Nurse Practitioners
Core Competencies for Nurse Practitioners
Since 1990, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) has identified core competencies for all nurse practitioners (NPs). These represent the entry into practice competencies upon graduation from a NP educational program. In April 2011, NONPF has released the most current, nationally validated set of core competencies for nurse practitioners. These competencies are for entry to practice for all nurse practitioners. The earlier versions of the core competencies listed here (2002 and 2006) were considered for Master's preparation, and previously a set of competencies were identified for the DNP NP as additive to the core competencies (see DNP section below). As of 2011, there is now one set of core competencies for nurse practitioners for entry into practice upon graduation.
NEW! NP Core Competencies with Curriculum Content
Current! 2012 Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies
2011 Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies
2006 Domains and Core Competencies
2002 Domains and Core Competencies
Population-Focused Competencies for Nurse Practitioners
With the release in 2008 of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, NONPF has adopted the term "population focus" to describe the broad area of preparation for NPs. Previously, NP educators referred to this area of population as specialty. The recognized population foci are Adult-Gerontological, Family (Across Lifespan), Neonatal, Pediatrics, Women's Health-Gender Related, and Psychiatric-Mental Health. The links below are to the existing competencies for population foci that were developed in a national consensus process.
NEW Population-Focused NP Competencies
In April 2013, a multi-organizational task force has completed and released the competencies for six NP population-foci: Family/Across the Lifespan, Neonatal, Acute Care Pediatric, Primary Care Pediatric, Psychiatric-Mental Health, and Women's Health/Gender Related. NONPF is pleased to have facilitated this work 2011-2013. These competencies, added to the already released Adult-Gerontology NP competencies, represent all of the population foci specified in the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.
Adult-Gerontology NP Competencies
2012 Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies
2010 Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies
Previous Editions of Competencies
Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Competencies in Specialty Areas: Adult, Family, Gerontological, Pediatric, and Women's Health
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Competencies
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Practitioner Competencies
In a project led by NONPF, the National Panel for NP Practice Doctorate Competencies identified the entry level competencies for all nurse practitioners completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) / practice doctorate program. These competencies built on the core and population-focused competencies for NPs. As of 2011, these competencies are replaced by a single set of nurse practitioner core competencies (see above section for Core Competencies).
Practice Doctorate Nurse Practitioner Entry Level Competencies (2006)
Released in 2008 by the Emergency Nurses Association, these are specialty competencies for the NP who practices in emergency care, regardless of setting. NONPF has endorsed these competencies.