Roles of an APN in an Interdisciplinary Research

Collaboration for Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Roles of an APN in an Interdisciplinary Research

Before looking at the roles of Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) in an interdisciplinary research, it would be important to start by stating that the term. APN is used to define a nurse who uses comprehensive knowledge, experience and skills in nursing care to offer specialized services. They may range from the general hospital care to midwifery (Craft-Rosenberg & Krajicek, 2006).

With regard to the roles of an APN in an interdisciplinary research, one of the major roles would be to participate in developing the goal for it. In this case, the APN would act as a member of the group and give his/her input towards the goal. In contrast to a research that involves team members from one health discipline, an interdisciplinary research comprises of members from different backgrounds. As a result, it would be important for the team members including APN to develop a common goal for the future work. Doing so minimizes interdisciplinary conflicts during the research period (Craft-Rosenberg & Krajicek, 2006). Besides participating in developing the overall goal, APN would also be responsible for collaborating with other team members. The APN would play a critical role in the areas connected to nursing and providing care to patients if the research would be conducted on patients. Furthermore, in order to enhance the outcomes of the analysis, APN should participate in the process of making decisions, solving problems and giving recommendations whenever necessary. In some instances, APN would be involved in solving problems beyond the confines of nursing. However, this does not mean that APN should invade other professions. It only means that APN should provide solutions when nursing overlaps with other disciplines (Hoeman, 2008). If needed, APN may participate in educating other interdisciplinary team members on nursing issues that would be of their interest and concern in the research. Doing so would strengthen the outcomes of their collaborative work. It would also help team members to work towards a common goal rather than act as individuals. In practice, APN may also act as a clinician, leader, consultant or even a researcher whenever necessary. As a researcher, APN would pose relevant questions arising out of practice and collaborate with the rest of team members to develop evidence-based solutions (Mauk, 2006).


Imagine a patient who is to undergo a spine surgery. The healthcare practitioners that would facilitate this process and help the patient to manage pain effectively after the surgery would be surgeons, clinical specialists, nurse and a psychologist. The surgeons who would be assisted by clinical specialists would be responsible for conducting the surgery (Mauk, 2006). The nurse, on the other hand, would be responsible for taking care of the patient after the surgery while a psychologist would be responsible for helping the patient to manage pain afterwards. The nurse and psychologist would work together after the operation has been conducted to help the patient manage pain effectively. The psychologist would provide the counseling services whereas the nurse would provide services that would include dressing the patient and ensuring that the patient would be comfortable during the hospitalization period. During this process, the nurse would be required to collaborate with the psychologist to help the patient to manage pain effectively. In addition, he/she would be required to collaborate with the surgeon and doctors on duty to promote the well-being of the patient (Hoeman, 2008). Without the collaboration, the process might not be managed effectively.



Craft-Rosenberg M., & Krajicek, M. (2006). Nursing excellence for children and families. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Hoeman, S. (2008). Rehabilitation nursing: Prevention, intervention, and outcomes. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier.

Mauk, K. (2006). Gerontological nursing: Competencies for care. Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.