Focus on the Complex Acute, Chronic & Critical Care Needs of Adult Patients
Baylor University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP-AGACNP) track develops exemplary nursing leaders by focusing on advanced methods to promote patient-centered care, knowledge of information systems and technology required to deliver transformative healthcare, and the skills needed to evaluate the healthcare needs of diverse and vulnerable populations.
The focus of the AGACNP population includes the entire spectrum of adults including young adults, adults, and older adults. The AGACNP serves as an advocate for patients with complex acute, critical, and chronic illness, disability, and/or injury to improve patient outcomes. The role encompasses care ranging from disease prevention to acute and critical care management.
The AGACNP also:
- Provides direct healthcare services to improve patient outcomes by utilizing evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, and inter-professional collaboration.
- Integrates, translates, and applies knowledge for nursing practice, person-centered care, population health, scholarship for nursing practice, quality and safety, inter-professional partnerships, systems-based practice, information and healthcare technologies, professionalism, and personal, professional, and leadership development (AACN, 2021).
- Focuses on specialized care for patients 18 years and older with greater autonomy at the highest level in multiple settings including the ICU, ER, trauma units, specialty clinics, surgery, other hospital services, and long-term care facilities.