Advanced Practice at Stanford

The Center for Advanced Practice at Stanford Health Care (SHC) is dedicated to promoting the role of the Advanced Practice Provider (APP) within SHC as well as the medical community at large. Advanced Practice Provider roles include: physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), and Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs). APPs are medical providers who are able to treat, diagnose, prescribe, and perform or assist in surgical procedures in collaboration with physicians.

Formally launched in 2012, the Center for Advanced Practice develops processes and provides resources for the approximately 250 credentialed and privileged APPs practicing in more than 40 specialties in both inpatient and outpatient settings at SHC, in addition to the many more employed by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford University.

APPs play an increasingly visible role in health care both at SHC and throughout the nation. The Center for Advanced Practice is innovative in its administrative infrastructure and centralization of resources for APPs, which has hospitals around the country looking to SHC as an example of how to structure their APP practices.

The center for advanced practice:

  • Expanded membership in the Interdisciplinary Practice Committee (IDPC) to include more PAs and NPs, along with more physicians to improve representation among different specialties where APPs practice.
  • Instituted a monthly onboarding program for new and transitioning APPs.
  • Constructed a 10-point recruitment plan to address hiring needs of APPs across the organization.
  • Improved APP job descriptions, detailing a clearer scope of practice and responsibility, and privilege forms were developed in partnership with the Medical Staff Office to better align with physician structures and processes.
  • Coordinated with the Human Resources and the Medical Staff Office to improve regulatory oversight, data acquisition, tracking, and evaluation.
  • Developed marketing materials to showcase the Center for Advanced Practice and the roles it represents.