The development of advanced nursing practice globally

Barbara Sheer, Kam Yuet Wong

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Purpose: To examine the development of advanced nursing practice globally. Methods: Data were collected from documentary resources available in the International Nurse Practitioners/Advanced Practice Nurse Network (INP/APNN) of the International Council of Nurses. The areas examined were guided by the "key informant survey on advanced nursing practice self-administered questionnaire." Two core members of the INP/APNN who have rich experience in global advanced nursing development analyzed the data. A total of 14 countries and three regions from five continents were included in the analyses. The development of advanced nursing practice in these areas is facilitated by a need for better access to care in a cost-containment era and the enhancement of nursing education to postgraduate level. The mechanism for regulation of practice is in place in some countries. Conclusions: Confirms the development of advanced practice in nursing is a global trend. Clinical Relevance: APNs can improve global health with points to enhanced education in nursing and regulation of advanced practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-211
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2008


  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Advanced practice
  • Global health
  • International health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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