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International Nurse Practitioner (NP) Resources

The NP Role Continues to Emerge and Evolve Around the World

American Association of Nurse Practitioners - International NP Resources

While education, credentialing and practice for NPs vary by country, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) remains committed to supporting NPs in every country around the world.

AANP was an active member of the initial steering committee that led to the development of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse Network (NP/APNN). To this day, AANP continues to provide support for the NP/APNN and offers assistance to those implementing the NP role.


AANP International Initiatives

  • International Advanced Practice Nurse Ambassador Program

    AANP is committed to assisting multiple NPs, or nurses who work in an advanced role, by providing funding to help them attend the annual AANP national conference.

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    Meet the 2022 ambassadors:

    Evelyn Amoako, BSN, RN, MPH (Ghana)

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    Evelyn Amoako, BSN, RN, MPH

    Evelyn is the Deputy Director of Nursing Services responsible for Public Health at the St. Dominic Hospital, Akwatia. She has thirteen years experience of practicing nursing mostly in the districts and rural areas. She holds a BSc Nursing Degree from the University of Ghana and a Master of Public Health from KIT Royal Tropical Institute and the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam specializing in Health Systems’ Policy and Management. In 2017, Evelyn was awarded the Mandela Washington Fellowship under the U.S. Government’s Young African Leadership Programme. In 2019, she led the team that collaborated with the School of Nursing and Midwifery to organize the 2nd LeadNurse Africa Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Conference at the University of Ghana, Legon.

    She is a Preceptor for the MSc Advanced Nursing Practice Programme for the University of Cape Coast as well as other student nurses. In this role, she mentors MSc student nurses on clinical rotation, facilitates and supports them to acquire new clinical competencies and achieve clinical objectives. She is a licenced SafeCare Quality Improvement Facilitator who supports healthcare facilities in resource-limited setting to improve through capacity building, mentoring, innovation and use of context-specific solutions. She is the Eastern Regional Co-ordinator for the NCHS/ Novo Nordisk Base of Pyramid Diabetes Project and also serves as a co-chief editor for St. Dominic Today, a quarterly news bulletin from the St. Dominic Hospital.

    She has interests in nursing education, HIV, cervical cancer prevention and stigma-related issues. She hopes to pursue her PhD and teach at the University.


    Patricija Lunežnik (Slovenia)

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    Patricija Lunežnik

    Patricija is a 25-year-old registered nurse from Maribor, the second-largest city in Slovenia. She considers herself an optimistic, motivated, and mindful person who likes new challenges at work and in life. She is very sociable and communicative, and enjoys meeting new people.

    Patricija finished her undergraduate study at the University of Maribor Faculty of Health Sciences and became a registered nurse in September 2019. During her undergraduate study, she participated in three student research projects, an international project European Junior Leadership Academy (EJLA), and a three-month Erasmus+ student exchange at the University of Edinburgh. She also acted as a vice-dean for student affairs, which was a connection between faculty leaders and students. Patricija received valuable experiences and additional knowledge, for which I am very grateful.

    After the diploma, Patricija applied to postgraduate study at the same faculty and got employed at Health Centre Maribor. First, she was employed as a Registered Nurse at a Health promotion center. Currently, she is employed as a registered nurse at family practice offices. At the same time, she is in an educational process to become a specialized nurse for supervising patients with chronic illnesses.

    In September 2021, Patricija obtained a Master of Science degree in Management in health and social organizations. After that, she applied to a doctorate program and got university funding to cover my tuition fee. Therefore, she is now a first-year PhD student at the University of Maribor Faculty of Health sciences. Her field of research is advanced nursing practice for chronic illnesses management, and her goal is to write guidelines on how the ANP role could be implemented in family practice offices in Slovenia. It is a very relevant topic because Slovenia does not have ANP in practice. In the school year 2021/22, the first generation of students entered a program for ANP for chronic illnesses management. Patricija envisions her involvement in the development of ANP in Slovenia in researching the implementation of ANP in practice.


    Wentao Zhou, APN, PhD (Singapore)

    Wentao Zhou
    Wentao Zhou, APN, PhD

    Associate Professor at Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (ALCNS), National University of Singapore (NUS).

    Associate Professor Zhou is a neuroscience Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), she is practice at Singapore National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) to look after patients with neuro-disability conditions, particularly patients with Parkinson’s disease and stroke. She has been practicing as an APN since 2008, she worked as neuro-intensive care APN from 2008 till 2016 and moved on to focus on neuro-community care since 2017 to develop community APN practice model.

    She is the programme director for Master of Nursing programme at ALCNS NUS, which is the only accredited master programme provides the APN training in Singapore. She has led the programme since 2015 and implemented 2 major curriculum revision to ensure APN training is aligned with the ever-changing Singapore healthcare needs. She has been also activity engaged by Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) to initiate and drive for APN development, one of the successes is development and implement of the National Collaborative Prescribing Programme (NCPP) to enable APNs with prescribing right, which allows them to practice on top of their APN licences.

    She is also holding the position as the director for continuing education and training (CET) at ALCNE NUS to drive the continuing professional development for nursing professionals in Singapore. This has been an emphasis from MOH to better prepare the future healthcare providers’ workforce to drive for affordable, accessible, and high quality of care. The CET programmes are focusing on strategic training to maintain populational health and innovative ways to care for population with chronic diseases. In addition, she is also working collaboratively with other professionals and faculties to co-design training programmes to look at trainings to enhance the nurses’ abilities and competencies to participate care practices and develop innovative care services for sustainable health and ensure care provided are friendly to mankind.


    Congratulations to all of the AANP International Ambassadors!

    • 2018: Scholastica Chibehe from Tanzania.
    • 2018: Heather Henry-McGrath from Jamaica.
    • 2018: Mabedi Kgositau from Botswana.
    • 2018: Sibonginkosi (Bongi) Sibanda from the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.
    • 2019: Fathi Al Abri from Oman.
    • 2019: Bonisile Nsibandze from Eswatini.
    • 2020: Maria Auxiliadora Rodrigues from Brazil.
    • 2020: Gaonyadiwe Lubinda-Dube from Botswana.
    • 2020: Nanako Tsukui from Japan.
    • 2020: Samwel Wainaina Mwangi from Kenya.
    • 2021: Joseph Kilasara from Tanzania.
    • 2021: Rachel Kimani from Kenya.
    • 2021: Sriyani Padmalatha Konara Mudiyanselage from Sri Lanka
    • 2022: Evelyn Amoako from Ghana
    • 2022: Patricija Lunežnik from Slovenia
    • 2022: Wentao Zhoufrom Singapore

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  • International Networking

    International Specialty Interest Group (SIG)

    The International SIG is a dynamic platform designed to provide an international exchange of ideas and insight as NPs provide care to diverse populations around the world. Many NPs are choosing to participate in volunteer opportunities and provide health care in underserved nations across the globe. This SIG will also provide a forum to discuss lessons learned in international health experiences abroad and share best practices for advanced practice nursing role development.

    Discover the International SIG

  • International Tools and Resources

    Your Partner in Health, the Nurse Practitioner

    The Your Partner in Health, the Nurse Practitioner brochure was developed by AANP to provide an overview of the NP role. It describes NPs' unique blend of nursing and medical care, their advanced education, the various services and specialties they provide and the important role NPs play in providing smarter health and lifestyle choices through cost-effective, high-quality health care.

    This brochure is available to order in several languages, including:

    • English (sample, cannot be reproduced; back panel may be customized with information from your business card).
    • Spanish (sample, cannot be reproduced).
    • French (sample, cannot be reproduced).
    • Portuguese (sample, cannot be reproduced).

    Download the Order Form

  • FAANP PRAC Talk: Shwu-Feng Tsay, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(H)

    From the 2022 Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) Winter Meeting, Taiwanese chief nursing officer Shwu-Feng Tsay presents this three-part PRAC talk addessing:

    • Part One: The Model for Combating COVID-19
    • Part Two: The Development of Home Care Nursing
    • Part Three: The Future of Smart Care

    View the Video


AANP Members Abroad

From humanitarian efforts to outreach leadership, AANP members are taking their expertise abroad.

Do you have your own international experience to share? Contact AANP at marketing@aanp.org.


External Resources

  • International Health Care Information

    Whether you're currently practicing overseas, planning your move or exploring global practice options, being aware of international health issues is imperative.

    • ICN Guidelines on Advanced Practice Nursing 2020: Review the first-ever published guidelines for advanced practice nursing, which establishes advanced practice nursing roles worldwide.
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Information: Find information on a variety of travel-related topics, including diseases, health and safety precautions, vaccinations and the latest edition of Yellow Book, a travel health reference.
      • CDC Travel Health Notices: Review travel notices describing both levels of risk for the traveler and recommended preventive measures to take at each level of risk. This also includes outbreak information.
    • United Nations (UN): The UN is an international organization founded in 1945, currently made up of 193 Member States. Its global issues and projects include ageing, AIDS and other health matters.
    • World Health Organization (WHO): WHO is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
      • WHO in Emergencies: The WHO Health Emergencies programme provides information on the latest crises, including WHO's work in affected countries.
      • WHO Disease Outbreak News: WHO details current health emergencies, preparedness resources and response information.
  • International Organizations

    The following resources were compiled to help NPs interested in learning about international NP organizations and international organizations dedicated to specific health care issues.

    Professional Organizations

    Health Organizations

    • Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet: This is an innovative internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. It aims to help close the gap in health between Indigenous and other Australians.
    • European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG): EATG is a European network of nationally based activists representing and defending the treatment-related interests of people living with HIV and AIDS.
    • Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program: This program distributes grants for advanced research and university lecturing, available to scholars from more than 155 countries.
    • Global Initiative for Chronic Obstruction Lung Disease (GOLD): GOLD works with health care professionals and public health officials to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and to improve the prevention and treatment of this lung disease for patients around the world.
    • God's House International: This holistic health care group acts as a vanguard for health consciousness and focuses strongly on the issues of homelessness, health promotion and disease prevention, including HIV/AIDS.
    • Grounds for HealthTM: This is an international women's health care nonprofit group specializing in the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer.
    • Jhpiego: In partnership with national governments, health experts and local communities, this organization builds health providers’ skills and develops systems that save lives now and guarantee healthier futures for women and their families.
    • Nursing Now: In collaboration with WHO and the ICN, Nursing Now aims to raise the status and profile of nursing, to advocate for more nurses in leadership positions and to help nurses access better education and training while supporting them to share research and evidence of effective practice.
    • Partners in Health (PIH®): This is a social justice organization dedicated to bringing the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair and injustice.
    • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): This organization is working to build a comprehensive "culture of health" by focusing on four broad areas — health systems, healthy communities, healthy children and families and leadership for better health.
    • World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO): This is a federation of 110 national societies and four regional associations of gastroenterology providers, representing more than 50,000 individual members worldwide.
  • International Conferences

    12th ICN Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse Network Conference 2022

    The 12th International Council of Nurses (ICN) Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) Network Conference 2022, will be held in Dublin, Ireland on August 21–24, 2022.

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