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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 2021 ambassadors:

    Joseph Kilasara Trinitas, MSN-FNP, RN (Tanzania)

    Joseph will be mentored by Josie Weiss, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP

    Joseph Kilasara Trinitas, MSN-FNP, RN

    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 Kimani, RN, FNP, CHNP, DNP (Kenya)

    Rachel will be mentored by Jamesetta (Jamie) A. Newland, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, DPNAP, FAAN

    Rachel Kimani, DNP, RN, FNP, CHNP

    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 Padmalatha, RN, NP (Sri Lanka)

    Sriyani will be mentored by Katherine Pereira, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ADM-BC, FAANP

    Sriyani Padmalatha, RN, NP

    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.


    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

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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).

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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.
    • MyHealthyWaist: This website is produced by the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk of Université Laval, an independent, academic and multidisciplinary organization.
    • 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

    11th ICN Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network Conference Virtual 2021

    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.

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