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.
10-point recruitment plan to address hiring needs of APPs across the
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,
Developed marketing materials to showcase
the Center for Advanced Practice and the roles it represents.