Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Global Advanced Practice Nursing: How Practice Developments and Professional Organizational Initiatives Might Influence Educational Developments

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Global Advanced Practice Nursing: How Practice Developments and Professional Organizational Initiatives Might Influence Educational Developments

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NURSING HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE 1965 when the first nurse practitioner program was launched by Drs. Loretta Ford and Harry Silvers at the University of Colorado. Thanks to the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and its ICN Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice International Network, a firm foundation has been established for advanced practice nursing among global professional organizations.

Now it is imperative that nursing education keep pace with developments in the professional practice environment. We must ask two questions: How can we both lead the way and work together with our education colleagues throughout the world? And how can we build on the strengths that serve as the professional practice and organizational structure components of advanced practice nursing?

One important contribution all faculty members who teach in advanced practice nursing programs can make is to join the ICN Network and to encourage clinical colleagues and APN students to join as well. Objectives of the ICN Network include serving as a forum for the exchange of knowledge and determining the educational underpinnings necessary for advanced practice.

All APN educators need to be involved in this dialogue. Yet, I am constantly surprised when I ask advanced practice nurses who attend post-master's courses what they know of the ICN Network. Most have never heard of it. However, on learning of its goals, many consider the network an important connection for their future professional development. They are eager to learn how nurses in other parts of the world define their scope of advanced practice. And they are willing to share ideas about the challenges involved in such issues as scope of practice, access to services, prescribing authority, quality patient care, the benefits of information technology, and evidence-based practice initiatives. …

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