Health care practitioners need to get the license in order to be able to work with people. The paper discusses how credentialing contributes to the advances in nursing practice and describes the profession of a health care practitioner from different perspectives.


There are three top trends in current credentialing for family nurse practitioners: only university graduates can apply for credentialing; both practical skills and theoretical knowledge are checked during the test for credentialing; credentials are valid for five years (Family Nurse Practitioner, 2015).
The trends serve the purpose of improving the quality of services provided to patients. Making sure that the candidate has received proper education and has enough knowledge and skills will mean that s/he will be able to help people. Secondly, it is necessary to check whether the practitioner who has already received credentialing develops as a professional, since the new methods of treatment and new technologies appear all the time.

Considering the enumerated trends from the point of view of values theory, ethics, and law will help better understand why they are important.
Schwartz (2012) maintains that values may serve as standards or criteria. The main value in the field of health care is preserving patients’ health or helping them recover from an illness. Thus, only those professionals who have enough knowledge and are good at practice can perform the tasks properly.

However, it is also important how the services are provided. Lachman (2012) refers to Tronto, who differentiates obligation-based ethics (professional acts according to his/her obligations) and responsibility-based ethics (decisions are taken on the basis of relationships with others). It is necessary that a health care practitioner can combine both.

The duties of nurse practitioners are defined by the Board of Nursing, but other laws, regulations, and boards also influence their practice. Laws and regulations identify in which cases an employee in the field of medicine may be deprived of the license or even bear more serious forms of responsibility.

Thus, the major task of each family nurse practitioner is to help their patients recover from illnesses and preserve their health. Meeting the criteria for getting credentialing (having enough knowledge, skills, and proper education) ensures good quality of services provided by health care practitioners.