Advanced Practice Nursing: The Global Perspective

Judith Shamian, Moriah Ellen, David Stewart, Frances Hughes

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The roles of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) have been in existence globally and under discussion in many countries for more than 50 years. This chapter describes some of the background work in this area by the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the WHO, and others. It discusses some of the efforts that have to be undertaken to build a universal recognition and implementation of the role for the benefit of both nursing and the public. Having the ICN documents that outline the competencies, standards, roles, and expectations of APRNs is extremely important and helps nurses and the governments of countries know how to move forward if there is the political and the professional will to do so. The standards and core competencies are expected to provide a foundation and broad guidelines for APRNs and contributing authorities all over the world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Policy and Advanced Practice Nursing
Subtitle of host publication Impact and Implications
Editors Kelly A Goudreau, Mary C Smolenski
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
ISBN (Electronic)9780826169457
ISBN (Print)97808826169426
StatePublished - Dec 2017


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