APN Role Exists in Country Today:
See Roles Below
Community Mental Health Nurse
Mental Health Nurse for Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Recognize Foreign Licensure:
The Advanced Nursing practice roles do allow for expanded/specialized practice for registered nurses. While the roles do not function autonomously or prescribing authorities, they do reflect the following scopes of practice (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010):
- Diabetic nurse – Advanced practice nurse offering consultation and diagnosis for diabetic patients. Offers follow up, monitoring, health education and lifestyle advice for non-acute cases. Offers referral of patients to specialists.
- Community Mental Health Nurse – Advanced nurse consultation and diagnosis (advanced psychological assessment), follow-up and monitoring for non acute cases, and referral of patients to specialists.
- Mental Health Nurse for Drug and Alcohol Addition – Advanced nurse consultation and diagnosis (advanced psychological assessment).
- Community Nurse – Advanced nurse consultation and diagnosis (advanced psychological and physiological assessment), vaccination without a doctor prescription (health visitors only), referral of patients to specialists, management of a range of chronic diseases (follow-up, monitoring, health education and lifestyle advice for non acute cases).
Key factors influencing development of the role of Advanced Practice Nurses in Cyprus is the financial benefit that APNs may be able to provide equal care at a lesser cost than that of physicians (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).
The educational requirements of the nursing specializations require post-graduate courses of 12-18 months (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).
The four specialties offered are that of diabetic nurse, community mental health nurse, mental health nurse for drug and alcohol addiction, and community nurse (Delamaire & Laforutune, 2010). The Health Ministry of Cyprus lists slightly different specialties of nursing, labeling them, general nursing, health visiting services, mental health nursing, and midwifery (Cyprus Ministry of Health, 2013). While these are different to that as reported by Delamaire and Lafortune (2010), there is little description or explanation of the roles and as a result, they are little reported here.
Cyprus Ministry of Health (2013). Nursing Services. Retrieved from: http://www.moh.gov.cy/moh/moh.nsf/page20_en/page20_en?OpenDocument
Delamaire, M. & Lafortune, G. (2010). Nurses in advanced roles: A description and evaluation of experiences in 12 developed countries. OECD Health Working Papers, 54, OECD Publishing.http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5kmbrcfms5g7-en