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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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you're currently practicing overseas, planning your move or exploring global practice options, being aware of international health issues is imperative.
The following resources were compiled to help NPs interested in learning about international NP organizations and international organizations dedicated to specific health care issues.