The summit sparked discussions about broadening the scope of nursing practice in Primary Health Care (PHC) in the Americas to include the advanced practice nurse (APN), using Canada and the US as examples of countries in which the profession is well-recognized. While advanced practice nursing has an established regulatory framework in Canada and the US, there is little evidence of APN education, practice and regulation in Central and South American Countries.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) defines the advanced practice nurse (APN) as a “registered nurse who has acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context and/or country in which s/he is credentialed to practice. A master’s degree is recommended for entry level.”
Feedback gathered from summit attendees has been very positive. One participant commented, “I really appreciate the focus on APN as they are an important group of health personnel that can move the agenda forward with regards to optimizing universal access to health/universal health coverage.” Another commented that the event was “incredibly well-facilitated,” with “exceptional participant engagement.”