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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.
Joseph will be mentored by Josie Weiss, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
Joseph Kilasara, the only family nurse practitioner (FNP) in Tanzania, Africa, is a pioneer working to bring the FNP role to his country. He has witnessed first-hand the burden of illness on patients and families, which drives him to attain further skills and knowledge to help the marginalized, especially in rural communities. To promote the advanced practice nursing role in Tanzania, Mr. Kilasara was one of the few nurses chosen for graduate studies and completed his Master’s degree at the University of Botswana. He is an educator at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College in Tanzania where he participated extensively in developing the family nurse practitioner program, including the curriculum. He continues as the coordinator at his university and is preparing to seek his PhD to move this initiative forward. In addition to teaching, he practices in the FNP role at a primary healthcare center and is an active member of the Tanzania Nurses Association and the ICN NP/APN Network Student Subgroup.
Rachel will be mentored by Jamesetta (Jamie) A. Newland, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, DPNAP, FAAN
Dr. Rachel Kimani is a lecturer at The Aga Khan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Nairobi, Kenya where she is part of a collaborative group that developed and presented to government stakeholders an advanced practice nursing (APN) and midwifery curriculum for Kenya and Tanzania. She now teaches in the inaugural Masters of Science courses in APN pathophysiology, health assessment, and research. Dr. Kimani is credentialed as a community health and primary care (family) nurse practitioner (NP), having earned MSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from Binghamton University in New York. While in the US, she worked as an NP in Clinical Research at The Rockefeller University in New York from 2015-2018. In 2020 she was honored as a Commonwealth Professional Fellow at Liverpool John Moore University in Liverpool, England. Dr. Kimani is an active member of the National Nurses Association of Kenya and volunteers at the Kamae Girls Institute at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison in Nairobi where she mentors incarcerated teenage girls for life skills. She has numerous publications to her credit. The collaborative group continues its advocacy work for the NP/APN role, scope of practice regulations, and certification in East Africa.
Sriyani will be mentored by Katherine Pereira, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ADM-BC, FAANP
Sriyani Padmalatha currently is working on her PhD from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, expected completion fall 2021. She worked as a senior registered nurse for more than 20 years in Sri Lanka, before serving as a Nurse Practitioner in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. For the Ministry of Health she developed a program of training for Public Health Nursing Officers in 2017, now well established with huge community involvement during the COVID 19 pandemic and which Sriyani hopes will evolve into family nurse practitioners in the future under her leadership. Also, in 2017, she was the first scholarship recipient from Sri Lanka to participate in the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Global Nursing Leadership Institute. In 2018, under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, she served as a member of the Organizing Committee of the Regional Conference on Leading Healthcare in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Southeast Asia Region. Since 2019 she has been the Chair of the Sri Lankan Nurse Practitioner Association. Sriyani has published extensively, served as abstract reviewer for the ICN, and been a member of the both the International Society for Telemedicine/eHealth and the ICN NP/APN Network Student Subgroup.
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 humanitarian efforts to outreach leadership, AANP members are taking their expertise abroad.
Do you have your own international experience to share? Contact AANP at email@example.com.
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.
The Nurse Practitioner Association of Nova Scotia (NPANS), in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), hosted the 11th annual ICN Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network Conference online August 29 through September 1, 2021, with more than 1,000 advanced practice nurses, researchers, educators, administrators, policymakers and students attending virtually.