The role of advanced practice nursing (APN) across the globe is growing. Access to primary care--basic preventive health care, health promotion and disease prevention-- is a global challenge and one where nursing resources, when maximized to their full extent, can make a difference. The nursing profession is the single largest professional health care provider group in the world that can help solve this international crisis occurring in both developed and under-developed countries.
In July 2014, a global group of APN health policy makers, practitioners and thought leaders came together for a 2-day invitation-only symposium in Philadelphia. The event was jointly convened by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC), the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, the Office of the Chief Nurse in Queensland, Australia, AARP International and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Over 30 individuals representing ten countries and six continents attended the event, which took place at NNCC’s headquarters in Philadelphia. The purpose of the symposium was to learn how countries have or are developing and utilizing APNs to improve access to care for their citizens, and to share best practices.
As a result of the event, an international working group of nurses and health policy leaders created a white paper which includes recommendations for global leaders and policymakers that are flexible enough to be applied in diverse locations and settings. A copy of the full white paper and event summary can be accessed here.