Advanced Practice Nursing in Singapore

Snapshot

APN Role Exists in Country Today:
Yes

Title:
Advanced Practice Nurse

Nationally Certified:
Yes

Recognize Foreign Licensure:
Yes

Treatment Authority:
Yes

Prescribing Authority:
Limited under acute care protocols

Practice Autonomously:
Varies

Contact:
Singapore Nursing Board

Role

An Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) in Singapore is recognized as an APN.  In Singapore, the title “Advanced Practice Nurse” is protected and only allowed to be used by individuals certified by the Singapore Nursing Board (Fee, 2012).  The development of the APN role in Singapore, has been a proactive response to alleviate increased workforce stress due to an aging population with greater health care needs, while also providing career advancement opportunities for nurses (Kannusamy, 2006; Premarani, n.d.).  As a result, Singapore initially developed a master of nursing program training individuals in advanced clinical skills in 2003 and had its first graduates in 2004 (Sheer and Wong, 2008).  Since the development of the APN role, Singapore plans on increasing the APN number to more than 200, approximately 1.4% of the nursing population, by 2014 (Sheer and Wong, 2008; Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 2013).  While this is the goal that has been set for Singapore, the Singapore Ministry of Health (2011) identified currently 88 APNs registered to practice in the country in 2012.

The role of the APN in Singapore is best described as a hybrid of the Clinical Nurse Specialist and the Nurse Practitioner (Fee, 2012; Bee, 2012).  APNs are trained in the advancement of the registered nurse profession to add the role skills of diagnosis and management of common ailments and chronic illnesses (Singapore Nursing Board, 2012).  The scope of practice for the APN in Singapore includes the following (Singapore Nursing Board, 2012; Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 2013):

  • Advanced physical assessment
  • Develop diagnosis and differential diagnoses
  • Interpret laboaratory and diagnostic testing
  • Management of care
  • Performing procedures
  • Collaboration with other healthcare professionals including doctors
  • Advancement of nursing through development and implementation of Evidence Based Practice into current healthcare

APNs in Singapore work in all settings, including primary, secondary, and tertiary care as well as peer and nursing education (Singapore Nursing Board, 2012).  Pharmaceutical prescribing and management is under current investigation and standardization (Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 2013).  While prescribing is recognized to be traditionally under the medical domain, it is acknowledged that by preventing prescribing rights, this prevention would inhibit the effectiveness of the role (Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 2013).  As a result, APNs currently are allowed to provide (furnish) medication prescription privleges in certain acute care settings according to pre-identified protocols (Singapore General Hospital, 2013; Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 2013).

As APNs have only recently developed an established role in Singapore, the Singapore Nursing Board (2012) also requires the hiring institution to identify the specific scope of practice and role for the APN.

Education and Certification

Registration was first established in Singapore in 2006 (Sheer and Wong, 2008).  To be an APN in Singapore, an individual must be registered with the Singapore Nursing board and have at least 3 years of post registration experience in their specialty (Singapore Nursing Board, 2012).  There is currently one program in Singapore recognized by the Board, the Master of Nursing program at the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore.   Applications for registration must be made in person.  Once an individual graduates for an accredited program and has submitted for registration, they are required to perform one year of supervised clinical practice with a minimum of 1280 hours of direct patient care at an advanced level (Singapore Nursing Board, 2012).

Specialties

Currently, APNs in Singapore may be qualified as one of four specializations (Singapore Nursing Board, 2012):

  • Acute Care APN
  • Medical/Surgical APN
  • Community Care APN
  • Mental Health APN

The roles of the APN in acute care specializations includes current APNs or interns in (Singapore General Hospital, 2013; Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 2013):

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Family Medicine Continuing Care
  • Gasteroenterology and Nutrition
  • Gerentology
  • Intensive Care
  • Neurology
  • Neurology Intensive Care
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pelvic Floor Disorders
  • Palliative Care
  • Rehabiliation Medicine
  • Renal and
  • Vascular Surgery

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References:
Bee, T.S. (2012).  Advanced practice nursing in Singapore – Clinical outcomes [PowerPoint presentation].  Retrieved from: http://www.hksne.org.hk/course/DrTanSiokBeeAPNCareOutcomes.pdf

Fee, L.S. (2012).  Pioneering moments of APN in an acute tertiary hospital in Singapore [PowerPoint presentation].  Retrieved from: http://www.hksne.org.hk/course/MsLimSuFeePioneeringMomentsofAPN.pdf

Kannusamy, P. (2006).  A longitudinal study of advanced practice nursing in Singapore.  Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. 18,545-551.  doi:10.1016/j.ccell.2006.08.001

Premarani, K. (n.d.).  Advanced practice in Singapore [PowerPoint Presentation].  Retrieved from: https://international.aanp.org/pdf/P13.ppt

Sheer, B. & Wong, F.K. (2008).  The development of advanced nursing practice globally.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40(3),204-211.

Singapore General Hospital (2013).  Advanced practice nurse.  Retrieved from: http://www.sgh.com.sg/clinical-departments-centers/nursing/nursingprofession/pages/advanced-practice-nurse.aspx

Singapore Ministry of Health (2011).  Health manpower.  Retrieved from: http://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home/statistics/Health_Facts_Singapore/Health_Manpower.html

Singapore Nursing Board (2012).  Advanced practice nurse.  Retrieved from: http://www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/content/hprof/snb/en/leftnav/advanced_practice_nurse.html

Tan Tock Seng Hospital (2013).  Advanced practice nurses.  Retrieved from: http://www.ttsh.com.sg/APN/

Advanced Practice Nursing in the Fiji Islands

Snapshot

APN Role Exists in Country Today:
Yes

Title:
Nurse Practitioner

Nationally Certified:
Uncertain (Nationally Registered)

Recognize Foreign Licensure:
Uncertain

Treatment Authority:
Yes

Prescribing Authority:
Yes

Practice Autonomously:
Yes

Contact:
Fiji Ministry of Health
Fiji School of Nursing

Role

The role of Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) in the Fiji Islands is represented by Nurse Practitioners (Pulcini, Jelic, Gul, & Loke, 2009).  This role was developed to primarily help address the significant primary care needs in the rural communities, especially as 60% of individuals living within Fiji live in such settings with minimal health care access (Joel, 2013).  The first class graduated with their post-graduate diploma in 1999 (Downs, E., Personal Communication, 2013, October 12; Joel, 2013).

The role of NPs in Fiji works under established protocols, allowing individuals some prescriptive privileges (Joel, 2013).  As a result however, there is still need to develop standardized treatment guidelines throughout the region (Joel, 2013).

Education and Certification

To be accepted into an Advanced Practice Nursing program in the Fiji Islands, an individual is required to be either or both a Registered Nurse or a midwife and have a minimum of five years of clinical experience in a health care setting (Fiji National University, 2013).  The program currently is offered at the Fiji School of Nursing, which is now a part of the National University, and transitioning the program to offer Masters degrees to graduates.  This program has become regional and has also graduated individuals from the Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Tonga, and Tuvalu (Downs, E., Personal Communication, 2013, October 12; Joel, 2013).

Registration is obtained by the Ministry of Health for all individuals in nursing, midwifery and advanced nursing practice (International Council of Nurses/APN Network, 2013).

Specialties

Nurse Practitioners primarily work in the role of primary health care (Joel, 2013).

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References:
Fiji National University (2013).  School of Nursing.  Retrieved from: http://www.fnu.ac.fj/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1501&Itemid=284

International Council of Nurses/Advanced Practice Nursing Network (2013).  Contact information sheet: Western Pacific, Fiji.  Retrieved from: http://www.icn.ch/details/17/116.html

Joel, L.A. (2013).  Advanced Nursing: Essentials of Role Development [3rd ed.; Electronic Book]. F.A. Davis.  Retrieved from: http://books.google.com/

Pulcini, J., Jelic, M., Gul, R, & Loke, A.Y. (2009).  An international survey on advanced practice nursing, education, practice, and regulation.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42(1),31-39.  doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2009.01322.x

Advanced Practice Nursing in Canada

Snapshot

APN Role Exists in Country Today:
Yes

Title:
Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nationally Certified:
Yes

Recognize Foreign Licensure:
Yes

Treatment Authority:
Yes

Prescribing Authority:
Yes

Practice Autonomously:
Yes

Contact:
Canadian Nurses Association
Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario

Role

Initially, the APN role started in the 1970s (Sheer & Wong, 2008).  It was after individuals from new Nurse Practitioner programs in 1973 in Ontario banded together to create the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario, that they began to develop a presence and push for a recognized role in Canada (Sheer & Wong, 2008).  While the role was minimal initially, it wasn’t until the 1990’s with additional health care reform that Nurse Practitioners became more prevalent in Canada (Pulcini, Jelic, Gul, & Loke, 2009).  The role was initially designed to meet the primary health care needs of the country (Pulcini et al., 2009).  Since that time, the role of Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) in Canada is represented by Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Nurse Practitioner
More prevalent and increasing in number is the Nurse Practitioner role in Canada.  The CNA (2013a) identifies, “Nurse practitioners provide direct patient care, focusing on health promotion and the treatment and management of health conditions.  They have an expanded scope of practice and can diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests.  They can also prescribe medications and perform certain procedures.”

The role of the Nurse Practitioner in Canada does allow for significant autonomy, as is regulated according to province.  Recently, there has been an emerging trend of Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics in Canada greatly fostered by the desire to meet the primary care needs of Canada, fostered by the developed role of the Nurse Practitioner in the country (DiCenso et al., 2010).   While autonomy is available for Nurse Practitioners in Canada, the majority are employed as a part of practices with physicians (DiCenso et al., 2010).  Such clinics have currently been developing or already functioning in the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario (Krahn, 2013; Adler, 2013).

Clinical Nurse Specialist
According to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA, 2013a), “Clinical nurse specialists provide expert nursing care and play a leading role in the development of clinical guidelines and protocols.  They promote the use of evidence, promote expert support and consultation, and facilitate system change.”

Essentially, the role of the CNS does not have any expounded role to that of Registered Nurses and as a result, there is no further legislation required to identify the role of the CNS, and resultantly the title is not protected.  According to DiCenso et al. (2010) there have been reports of varying levels of practice, to the point that individuals have been observed to very limited prescribing rights in isolated situations (DiCenso et al., 2010).  As a result, there is significant room for role clarity in the future.

Education and Certification

To become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Canada, an individual must be minimally educated at the graduate level and pass the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Exam written by the Canadian Nurses Association (2013a).  Additionally, NPs are then required to hold a license in the province they desire to practice (Robinson & Griffiths, 2007).

As the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is inconsistent, there has been efforts to distinctly separate the NP and CNS roles in education.  However individuals who are identified as CNSs are educated at the graduate level, holding a masters or doctorate degree (Robinson & Griffiths, 2007).

Certification for nursing specialties is an optional certification available to nurses after two years of clinical experience.  Once qualified, an individual is required to take a certification exam in the specific specialty desired.  This role requires an individual to be a Registered Nurse (RN) and does not require graduate level education.

Specialties

Nurse Practitioner specialties are primarily not offered throughout the various schools of advanced nursing practice in Canada, as most individuals receive generalist NP degrees (DiCenso et al., 2010).  There are several exceptions, primarily in neonatology throughout Canada, and in Quebec where specialty roles are offered in cardiology, nephrology, and neonatology.

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References:

Adler, M. (2013, September 20).  Hong Fook Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic welcomed in Agincourt.  Scarborough Mirror.  Retrieved from: http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/4116601-hong-fook-nurse-practitioner-led-clinic-welcomed-in-agincourt/

Canadian Nurses Association [CNA] (2013a).  Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Specialists.  Retrieved from: http://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/professional-development/nurse-practitioner-and-clinical-specialists

Canadian Nurses Association [CNA] (2013b).  Position Statement: Advanced Nursing Practice [Electronic document].  Retrieved from: http://www.cna-aiic.ca/~/media/cna/page%20content/pdf%20en/2013/07/26/10/23/ps60_advanced_nursing_practice_2007_e.pdf

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

DiCenso, A., Bourgeault, I., Abelson, J., Martin-Misener, R., Kaasalainen, S. …Kilpatrick, K. (2010).  Utilization of nurse practitioners to increase patient access to primary healthcare in Canada–Thinking outside the box.  Nursing Leadership (Toronto, Ontario). 2010, 239-259.

Krahn, H. (2013, September 25).  Letters to the editor: Fragmenting a workable system.  Winnipeg Free Press.  Retrieved from: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/fragmenting-a-workable-system-225147162.html

Pulcini, J., Jelic, M., Gul, R, & Loke, A.Y. (2009).  An international survey on advanced practice nursing, education, practice, and regulation.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42(1),31-39.  doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2009.01322.x

Robinson, S. & Griffiths, P. (2007).  Nursing education and regulation: International profiles and perspectives [online publication].  Retrieved from:http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/348772/1/NurseEduProfiles.pdf

Sheer, B. & Wong, F.K. (2008).  The development of advanced nursing practice globally.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40(3),204-211.

Advanced Practice Nursing in Costa Rica

Snapshot

APN Role Exists in Country Today:
No

Contact:
Colegío de Enfermeras de Costa Rica

Role

There is no current Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) role in Costa Rica today (post by Julie Slivinsky, All Nurses.com, 2011, January 8).  Reportedly from the last World Health Organization (WHO, 2013a) reported in 2000, there were approximately 1.32 physicians per 1000 people, significantly lower than the majority of developed nations.  Meanwhile, there are 0.69 nurses per every physician, creating a healthcare workforce with significantly more physicians than nurses (WHO, 2013b).  This factor is likely a significant inhibiting factor for such APN role development.

Meanwhile, there is reportedly a history of a midwifery role, that has been in existence since 1899 (Colegio de Enfermeras de Costa Rica, 2011).  In 2000, there were reportedly 22 midwives in the country (WHO, 2013b).

Specialties

Not applicable at this time.

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References:
Colegio de Enfermeras de Costa Rica (2011).  Historia de la enfermería en Costa Rica.  Retrieved from: http://www.enfermeras.co.cr/HistoriaEnfermeriaCostaRica.html

World Health Organization [WHO] (2013).  Aggregated Data: Density per 1000 by country.  Retrieved from: http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A1444?lang=en

World Health Organization [WHO] (2013b). Disaggregated data: Nursing and midwifery personnel by country.  Retrieved from: http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.HWF1?lang=en

Advanced Practice Nursing in the United Kingdom

Snapshot

APN Role Exists in Country Today:
Yes

Title:
Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Nationally Certified:
Yes

Recognize Foreign Licensure:
Yes

Treatment Authority:
Yes

Prescribing Authority:
Yes

Practice Autonomously:
Yes

Contact:
Nursing & Midwifery Council
Royal College of Nursing – offers immigration consultation services

Country Specific Resource Links:
Advanced Practice Toolkit – repository for UK specific resources for practice
Nurse Practitioner UK – description of the Nurse Practitioner role in UK

Role

The role of Advanced Practice Nurses in the United Kingdom (UK) is primarily represented as Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs; RCN, 2012).  While the title of ANP is used by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), there has been inconsistencies among the general public as to the term to call ANPs in the country, and various are used as: nurse practitioner, registered nurse practitioner, clinical nurse practitioner, senior nurse practitioner, advanced nurse practitioner, and association nurse practitioner (Morgan, 2010).

The ANP role was first introduced in the UK with the initiation of a Nurse Practitioner program focusing on primary health care at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in 1991 (Sheer & Wong, 2008).  Much of the push for development of this role was to ease the overbearing workload of the general practitioners (primary care physicians) in the country (Pulcini, Jelic, Gul, & Loke, 2009).  Delamaire and Lafortune (2010), further identified that improving the quality of care additionally drives role development in the UK.

Since that time, the role has significantly developed over the last two decades with other specializations, protection of the title “Registered APN,” prescribing, and autonomy (Sheer, 2007; Sheer & Wong, 2008).  Currently ANPs in the UK have both prescriptive authority and work autonomously, two role qualities that have demonstrate significant advancement of the advanced practice nurse role (RCN, 2012).  Because of the origination in primary care, the ANP role in the UK is to perform the same care as a general practitioner (Morgan, 2010).

Outside of the ANP role in the UK, there are various specializations offered for general nurses allowing them to become a level 2 nurse, which is a role that is registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK (NMC, 2013).  While these roles do require additional education, they are not the same as the ANP role described above.

There is a role of the midwife in the UK regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Board.  This role is unique in that all midwives have a supervisor midwife to provide a check in quality of care, reflecting a role and regulatory structure existing since 1902 (NMC, 2010).

Education and Certification

Education for the Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the UK has been occurring at the masters level for more than 20 years and the majority of ANPs in the UK possess a graduate degree (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010; Savrin, 2009).   While the recommended standard for advanced nurse practitioners in the UK is set by the recommendations by the Royal College of Nursing, it is not required that all educational programs in the country follow these recommendations (Morgan, 2010).  Within the UK however, advancement of the standardization of nursing practice will soon require that all programs educating level 1 nurses (general registered nurses) end in a terminal degree (bachelor level) by 2013, eliminating the diploma programs which lend toward greater inconsistency in education (Morgan, 2010).  While this legislation was implemented recently for level 1 nurses, there is yet to be legislation requiring the position of ANPs in the UK to have a required terminal degree (Morgan, 2010).

The majority of experts in the UK concede that education at the graduate level is the standard minimum education as an ANP in the UK, and programs can seek to have accreditation according to the RCN educational standards (RCN, 2012).  As a part of a accredited ANP program, students are required to undergo a minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours and possess a level 1 license in the UK (RCN, 2012).

An additional place of development in the UK is the development of a registry for the ANP.  Currently there is a registry for midwives and level 1 and 2 nurses, which may also show specific additional registered skills for nurses (i.e. prescribing authority), but there is yet to be a ANP registry established (Morgan, 2010).

Registration is required to practice as a midwife in the UK (NMC, n.d.).  It is required that an individual attend a level 1 program to become registered as a midwife (NMC, n.d.).

Specialties

The role of the ANP in the UK was greatly focused on primary health care (Pulcini et al., 2009).

For registered nurse specialists, there are currently various specialties that level 1 nurses can specialize in (RCN, 2013):

  • Registered specialist community public health nurse (SCPHN) qualification in
    • Family
    • Health visitor
    • Occupational health
    • Non-specific
    • School nurse
  • Specialist Practice Qualification
    • Adult nursing
    • Children’s nursing
    • Community children’s nursing
    • Mental health nursing
    • District nursing
    • General practice nursing
    • Learning disability nurse
    • Mental health

While these are the registration qualifications recognized by the NMC in the UK, nurses can have a specialization in a specific subject of nursing (i.e. epilepsy, Parkinson’s, cancer).

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References:
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

Morgan, S. (2010, July 9).  What are the differences in nurse practitioner training and scope of practice in the US and UK?  NursingTimes.net.  Retrieved from: http://www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice/clinical-zones/district-and-community-nursing/what-are-the-differences-in-nurse-practitioner-training-and-scope-of-practice-in-the-us-and-uk/5017012.article

Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC] (n.d.).  Registering as a nurse or midwife in the United Kingdom: For applicants outside the European Economic Area [online document].  Retrieved from: http://www.nmc-uk.org/Documents/Registration/Registering%20as%20a%20nurse%20or%20midwife%20from%20outside%20EU%20or%20EEA.pdf

Pulcini, J., Jelic, M., Gul, R, Loke, A.Y. (2009).  An international survey on advanced practice nursing, education, practice, and regulation.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42(1),31-39.  doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2009.01322.x

Robinson, S. & Griffiths, P. (2007).  Nursing education and regulation: International profiles and perspectives [online publication].  Retrieved from:http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/348772/1/NurseEduProfiles.pdf

Royal College of Nursing [RCN] (2012).  Advanced nurse practitioners: An RCN guide to advanced nursing practice, advanced nurse practitioners and programme accreditation [electronic document].  Retrieved from: http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/146478/003207.pdf

Royal College of Nursing [RCN] (2013).  RCN Factsheet: Specialist nursing in the UK.  Retrieved from: http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/501921/4.13_RCN_Factsheet_on_Specialist_nursing_in_UK_-_2013.pdf

Savrin, C. (2009). Growth and development of the nurse practitioner role around the globe.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care 23, (5),310-314.

Sheer, B. (2007).  Nurse practitioners on the move: The journey to the United States.  Topics In Advanced Nursing eJournal. 7(2).  Retrieved from: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/560673

Sheer, B. & Wong, F.K. (2008).  The development of advanced nursing practice globally.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40(3),204-211.

Advanced Practice Nursing in India

Snapshot

APN Role Exists in Country Today:
No

Title:
Nurse Practitioner (in development)

Contact:
Indian Nursing Council

Role

With 72% of the Indian population residing in rural areas and 75% of medical providers residing in urban areas, India is currently experiencing significant shortages of physicians, particularly in rural areas (Penn Nursing Science, 2013).  In addition, the overall country has a shortage of nurses and physicians, so much so that is it estimated that there is only one physician for every 1700 people (Kumar, 2013).  While the normal standards for nurse to physician ratios often reflect between a 2.0 to 3.0 nurses per physician, India has an alarmingly low nurse to physician ratio estimated around 1.22 nurses per physican (Munjanja, Kibuka, & Dovlo, 2005).  With alarmingly low health care professionals in the country, there is significant need for advancement of those few who have the education as a nurse may well be the exclusive healthcare professional in a rural area.

Recently the region of West Benghal started training Advanced Practice Nurses, identified as Nurse Practitioners (Kumar, 2013).  While this role has just begun, India has found significant resistance to developing an advanced nursing role primarily based on strong pressures by medical organizations to not increase the scope of practice of nurses.  This is primarily related to the country’s health system that has traditionally held very limited roles for nursing and maintained physicians as sole individuals to provide advanced healthcare (Penn Nursing Science, 2013).

Meanwhile, in the region of Kerala, some have reported that graduate level Nurse Practitioner courses are already offered from the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (shahinshahul, ClinicalResearchSociety.org, 2012, May 28).  While such programs are offered through various independent schools throughout the country, there is yet a standard identified for a Nurse Practitioner or specific advanced practice role.

Education and Certification

Education standards in India vary from diploma programs for general nursing, bachelor programs consistent with international standards, and masters and PhD programs in nursing (CurrentNursing.com, 2013).  While these programs do offer education allowing individuals to learn advanced practice nursing concepts, the current healthcare structure in the country does not provide ample opportunities for nursing advancement at the bachelor level, let alone at the masters and PhD levels, leading to many individuals leaving their areas and country to pursue more adventitious employment (Baumann & Blythe, 2008; Penn Nursing Science, 2013).  While many of the individuals who practice nursing in India are not bachelor educated, according to Nochols, Davis and Richardson (2009), India has begun to phase out their non-bachelor programs.

Midwifery is a standard of general nursing practice in India.  Regulation varies according to state and in the country no nurse is allowed to have permission to practice in more than one state at a time.  In some states, it is illegal for males to perform midwifery and obstetrics care and as it is a part of general education, there is a greater shortage of nurses in those regions (Nichols, Davis, & Richardson, 2009).

Individuals interested in attaining permission to practice in India require permission by the Equivalency Council at selected charities for a limited duration (Indian Nursing Council, 2013).  Such provisional permission to practice in India is granted for diploma, bachelor, and master prepared nurses and granted permissions.

While an individual of foreign education may have a master degree in nursing, the provisional permissions currently in India allow them to work in the administration, but no part of the application requires specific education on patient care, indicating an individual can likely not practice at any Advanced Nursing level without exclusive permission by the nursing council (as has been granted to Penn State in the region they are attempting to initiate Nurse Practitioner education) (Indian Nursing Council, 2013).

Specialties

Not applicable at this time.

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References:

Baumann, A. & Blythe, J. (2008). Globalization of higher education in nursing.  The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 13(2), manuscript 4.  doi: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol13No02Man04

CurrentNursing.com (2013).  Nursing Education In India.  Retrieved October 2, 2013 from: http://currentnursing.com/nursing_education/nursing_education_in_india.html

Kumar (2013, September 23).  India has just one doctor for every 1700 people.  The New Indian Express.  Retrieved from: http://newindianexpress.com/magazine/India-has-just-one-doctor-for-every-1700-people/2013/09/22/article1792010.ece

Indian Nursing Council (2013).  Home.  Retrieved October 2, 2013 from: http://www.indiannursingcouncil.org/

Munjanja, O.K., Kibuka, S., & Dovlo, D. (2005).  Issue Paper 7: The Nursing Workforce In Sub-Saharan Africa.  International Council of Nurses.  Retrieved from: www.ghdonline.org/

Nichols, B.L., Davis, C.R., & Richardson, D.R. (2011).  Appendix J: International models of nursing.  The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.  Institute of Medicine.  Retrieved from: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/12956.html

Penn Nursing Science (2013).  Utilizing APNs to Solve Provider Shortage in Rural India.  Retrieved October 2, 2013 from: http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/gha/Pages/UtilizingAPNstoSolveProviderShortageinRuralIndia.aspx

[Updated 2013, October 30]

Advanced Practice Nursing in Japan

Snapshot

APN Role Exists in Country Today:
Yes

Title:
Nurse Midwife
Public Health Nurse
Certified Nurse
Certified Nurse Specialist

Nationally Certified:
Yes

Recognize Foreign Licensure:
Uncertain

Treatment Authority:
Uncertain

Prescribing Authority:
No

Practice Autonomously:
No

Contact:
Japanese Nursing Association

Role

Advanced Practice Nursing in Japan has been historically a reflection of a higher ratio of doctors and a low ratio of nurses per capita (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2008).

There are varying roles of advancement for nurses beyond that of the registered nurse and include: Nurse Midwife, Public Health Nurse, Certified Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse, and Certified Nurse Administrator.  The Nurse Midwife and Public Health Nurse roles, primarily resemble extensions of nursing practice, giving nurses a specialization in the subject.

In Japan, the roles that most closely resemble Advanced Practice Nursing are that of Certified Nurses and Certified Nurse Specialists.  The role of certified nurses reflects that of nurses who are educators, consultants for nursing care, and excellent care providers (JNA, n.d.).

The role of However, the APNs in Japan primarily resemble the role of clinical nurse specialists, as nurses can gain specific specialist knowledge on a subject (Japanese Nurses Association [JNA], n.d.).  According to the JNA, the role of the Certified Nurse Specialist (CNS) is to, “contribute to the development of healthcare and welfare as well as to improve nursing science by forwarding CNSs with specific advanced nursing knowledge and skills into society to provide high-level nursing care efficiently for individuals, families and groups having complex and intractable nursing problems.”

As a result, the role of the CNS in Japan reflects the following (JNA, n.d.):

  • Excellent nursing practice
  • Coordination with patients, families, and concerned individuals for healthcare
  • Consultation with nurses and physicians
  • Ethics coordination
  • Education of personnel, and
  • Clinical research

Currently there is no comparable role to that of a Nurse Practitioner (NPs) in Japan, but efforts have been underway to determine if such a role would be appropriate for the advancement of nursing practice in Japan and a pilot program to introduce Nurse Practitioners is underway (Bugle Newspapers, 2013; Kondo, 2013).  While physicians appear to be welcoming of the potential new role of an advanced nurse counterpart, the greatest barrier to such a role development is that of perceived lack of evidence that NPs should be able to practice autonomously (Kondo, 2013).

Education and Certification

There is national certification for registered nurses, public health nurses, and midwives in Japan, by which individuals can take the exam after completion of an appropriate school (Japanese Nursing Association, n.d.).  Education requirements vary according to the specialty, but individuals will be required to have an additional year of training to become a midwife or public health nurse (JNA, n.d.).  As Japan has both 3-year nursing certificate and 4-year bachelor degree options to become a registered nurse, some programs offer a dual nursing and midwife or public health nurse bachelor option as a 4-year program.

To become a CNS, an individual is required to be educated at the master level (JNA, n.d.).  National certification is available through the JNA (n.d.) for the CNS’s, which is available to individuals after they have completed an accredited masters program and achieved a specified level of experience.

Specialties

The various specialties of Advanced Practice Nurses currently certified in Japan are the following (JNA, n.d.):

  • Cancer nursing
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Gerentological Nursing
  • Child Health Nursing
  • Women’s Health Nursing
  • Chronic Care Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Infection Control Nursing
  • Family Health Nursing
  • Home Care Nursing

The various specialties Certified Nurses are (JNA, n.d.):

  • Emergency Nursing
  • Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
  • Intensive Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Cancer Chemotherapy Nursing
  • Cancer Pain Management Nursing
  • Visiting Nursing
  • Infection Control
  • Diabetes Nursing
  • Infertility Nursing
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Dialysis Nursing
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Breast Cancer Nursing
  • Dysphagia Nursing
  • Pediatric Emergency Nursing
  • Demential Nursing
  • Stroke Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Radiation Therapy Nursing
  • Chronic Respiratory Nursing
  • Chronic Heart Failure Nursing

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References:
Bugle Newspapers (2013, October 1).  Japanese Nursing Association Visits St. Francis.  Retrieved from: http://www.buglenewspapers.com/joliet/article_01ee4386-2ad7-11e3-a331-0019bb30f31a.html

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

Japanese Nurses Association (n.d.).  Nursing in Japan.  Retrieved October 1, 2013 from: http://www.nurse.or.jp/jna/english/nursing/

Kondo, A. (2013).  Advanced practice nurses in Japan: Education and Related Issues.  Journal of Nursing Care, S5(4),1-6.  doi:10.4172/2167-1168.S5-004

Advanced Practice Nursing in the Netherlands

Snapshot

APN Role Exists in Country Today:
Yes

Title:
Nurse Practitioner

Nationally Certified:
Yes

Recognize Foreign Licensure:
Uncertain

Treatment Authority:
Yes

Prescribing Authority:
Yes? (conflicting information)

Practice Autonomously:
Yes

Contact:
Dutch Ministry of Health

Role

The role of Advanced Practice Nurses in the Netherlands is the Nurse Practitioner.  Introduction of this role started in 1997 (Storedur & Leonard, 2010).  The Nurse Practitioner role in the Netherlands has been focally evaluated as alternatives for general practice physicians based on a general practitioner shortage (Dierick-van Daele, 2010; Stordeur & Leonard, 2010; Zwijnenberg & Bours 2012).  According to Zwinjenberg & Bours (2012), on average Nurse Practitioners perform procedures on their patients 20% of the time.  As such, they have additionally been seen as a possible route of increasing cost-effectiveness of healthcare in the Netherlands (Dierick-van Daele, 2010; Zwijnenberg & Bours 2012).  The scope of practice for Dutch Nurse Practitioners primarily includes:

  • Advanced assessment (Dierick-van Daele, 2010)
  • Diagnosing and making decisions for further treatment (Dierick-van Daele, 2010)
  • Prescriptive Authority (Dierick-van Daele, 2010; Pulcini, Jelic, Gul, & Loke, 2009; Sheer & Wong, 2008)
  • Provision of procedures necessary for medication treatment (Zwinjenberg & Bours, 2012)
  • Referrals to primary or secondary services (Dierick-van Daele, 2010)

While several authors have stated that Nurse Practitioners have prescriptive authority in the Netherlands (see above, second bullet-point), Stodeur and Leonard (2010) state this is not the case and HAI Europe (2012) states that prescriptive authority is currently under legislation.

Since the introduction of the Nurse Practitioner role in the Netherlands, studies began showing that the role significantly addressed areas of patient care that were not previously adequately addressed by their physician staff (Stordeur & Leonard, 2010).  While the role is not intended to replace that of physicians, it has been greatly observed as a complimentary role and is pursuing more autonomous roles for Nurse Practitioners to perform patient care in patients homes and management of chronic illnesses (Storeur & Leonard, 2010).

Education and Certification

A four-year bachelor degree is necessary to work as a registered nurse in the Netherlands (Robinson & Griffiths, 2007).  The advancement of nursing practice to become a Nurse Practitioner requires an individual to receive a Master of Advanced Nursing Practice degree (Dierick-van Daele, 2010; Stordeur & Leonard, 2010).  The Dutch have been very proactive in developing a model to facilitate this role development, including having their APN students experience through immersion the Nurse Practitioner role outside their country (Ter Maten & Garcia-Maas, 2010).   Registration for Advanced Practice Nurses in the Netherlands requires individuals to register under a separate registry from that of registered nurses, maintained by a division of the Central Information Centre for Professional Practitioners, an branch under the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport (Robinson & Griffiths, 2007).

Specialties

Currently, the role of Advanced Practice Nurses in the Netherlands greatly incorporates primary health care  based on the needs of the country (Dierick-van Daele, 2010).  Of note, the midwife role in the Netherlands is different than that of nurse midwives in much of the rest of the world, and is seen as its own independent profession.

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References:

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

Dierick-van Daele, A. (2010).  The Introduction of the Nurse Practitioner in General Practice [electronic publication].  Schering-Plough.  Retrieved from: http://arno.unimaas.nl/show.cgi?fid=20140

Pulcini, J., Jelic, M., Gul, R, Loke, A.Y. (2009).  An international survey on advanced practice nursing, education, practice, and regulation.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42(1),31-39.  doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2009.01322.x

Robinson, S. & Griffiths, P. (2007).  Nursing education and regulation: International profiles and perspectives [online publication].  Retrieved from:http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/348772/1/NurseEduProfiles.pdf

Sheer, B. & Wong, F.K. (2008).  The development of advanced nursing practice globally.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40(3),204-211.

Stordeur, S. & Leonard, C. (2010).  Challenges in physician supply planning: The case of Belgium.  Human Resources for Health, 8(28),1-11.  doi:10.1186/1478-4491-8-28

Ter Maten, A. & Garcia-Maas, L. (2010).  Dutch advanced nursing practice students: Role development through international short-term immersion.  Journal of Nursing Education, 48(4), 226-231.

Zwijnenberg, N.C. & Bours, G.J. (2012).  Nurse practitioners and physician assistants in Dutch hospitals: their role, extent of substitution and facilitators and barriers experienced in the reallocation of tasks.  Journal of  Advanced Nursing, 68(6),1235-1246.  doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05823.x

Advanced Practice Nursing in Finland

Snapshot

APN Role Exists in Country Today:
Yes

Title:
Nurse (with advanced degree)
Public Health Nurse (with advanced degree)
Nurse Midwife

Nationally Certified:
Uncertain

Recognize Foreign Licensure:
Uncertain

Treatment Authority:
Yes

Prescribing Authority:
No

Practice Autonomously:
No

Contact:
Terveydenhuollon Oikeusturvakeskus (National Authority for Medico-Legal Affairs)

Role

There are two chief roles identified for Advanced practice Nurses in Finland, namely that of the Advanced Nurse and Public Health Nurse, both of which are prepared with graduated level schooling (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).  There is additionally a nurse midwife role available in Finland, but is understood as a registered nurse specialization rather than that of an advanced practice role (Robinson & Griffiths, 2007).  This will be described further under the specializations category below.  The roles for APNs in Finland can be delineated as follows (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010):

  • Public Health Nurse
    • Advanced assessment, consultation, diagnosis, ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests, management of various chronic diseases (follow-up, monitoring, and education), and referral to specialists
  • Advanced Nurse
    • Advanced assessment, consultation, diagnosis, ordering and interpretation of tests, and management of various chronic illnesses (follow-up, monitoring and education for non-acute cases)
    • Triage for prioritization of patients

The first Advanced Practice Nurses in finland graduated in 2006 (Fagerström & Glasberg, 2011).   While this role has recently been added to healthcare in Finland, the role primarily expands the autonomy and scope of practice of current nursing in the country.  According to Fagerström and Glasberg (2011), the role of APNs primarily was observed as beneficial in the care of acute and chronic health conditions.  Acutely, nurses and doctors in Finland have a longstanding cooperative relationship allowing nurses to participate in various roles (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).  These may appear as nurses providing greater triage or reception of patients, or even working along side a doctor as a dual discipline team.  Additionally, APNs in Finland also play an influential role in providing care to more rural areas underserved by physicians while also providing care at a lower cost than care provided by physicians (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).  Often in these situations, nurses will provide the general examination of patients and have further electronic consultation with doctors for providing complicated care, often providing 70% of patient care (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).

Meanwhile, Delamaire and Lafortune (2010), reported that Finland was of the top nations with the highest number of nurses per 1000 people in the country at 15.5; thus indicating a surplus of nurses.  Meanwhile, they indicated that Finland held a mildly below average ratio of doctors per capita (2.7 to 1000 people; European average was 2.8) (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).  As a result, Finland presents itself as good place to further develop the Advanced Practice Nursing role, with a higher ratio of nurses and a lower number of doctors per capita, similar to that of the United States and United Kingdom (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).

Proposal to expand the role of APN practice in Finland to include limited prescriptive authority to those working in public health centers is currently underway (HAI Europe, 2012; Tynkkynen, n.d.).

Education and Certification

Education for Advanced Practice Nurses in Finland produced it’s first graduates in 2006 (DeGeest et al., 2008; Fagerström & Glasberg, 2011).  Education for the registered nurse usually requires 3.5 years, and 4 years for the public health nurse (Robinson & Griffiths, 2007).  The advanced degrees are available afterward to those who desire further advancement in scope of practice at the graduate level (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).  While registration and certification is available for nursing in Finland, it is not currently provided for APNs (Robinson & Griffiths, 2007).  Registration for healthcare individuals within Finland is maintained by the National Authority for Medico-Legal Affairs (Terveydenhuollon Oikeusturvakeskus).

Specialties

At this time, APNs have been working in various roles including rural healthcare, general practice, and acute care (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).  However, registered nurses in Finland have the choice of specializing in various categories nearing graduation of nursing school in acute care, geriatric care, mental health, multi-cultural, pediatrics, palliative care and youth and adolescent care (Robinson & Griffiths, 2007).  Additionally, an individual can choose to be a nurse midwife with an additional year of schooling (Robinson & Griffiths, 2007).

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References:
De Geest, S., Moons, P., Callens, B., Gut., C., Lindpainter, L., & Sprig, R. (2008).  Introducting advanced practice nurses/nurse practitioners in health care systems: A framework for reflection and analysis.  Swiss Med Weekly, 138(43-44),621-628.

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

Fagerström, L. & Glasberg, A.L. (2011).  The first evaluation of the advanced practice nurse role in Finland – The perspective of nurse leaders.  Journal of Nursing Management, 19, 925-932.  doi:10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01280.x

HAI Europe (2012). The next chapter in promotion of healthcare professionals: Nurse prescribers [fact sheet]. Retrieved from: http://haieurope.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/27-July-2011-HAI-Europe-Nurse-Prescribers-Factsheet.pdf

Robinson, S. & Griffiths, P. (2007).  Nursing education and regulation: International profiles and perspectives [online publication].  Retrieved from: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/348772/1/NurseEduProfiles.pdf

Tynkkynen, L.K. (n.d.). Limited right for nurses to prescribe medication.  Health Policy Monitor.  Retrieved from: http://www.hpm.org/en/Surveys/THL_-_Finland/15/Limited_right_for_nurses_to_prescribe_medication.html

Advanced Practice Nursing in Poland

Snapshot

APN Role Exists in Country Today:
Yes

Title:
Nurse Specialist
Nurse Midwife

Nationally Certified:
No

Recognize Foreign Licensure:
RN and Midwife Nursing licensure is recognized from EU

Treatment Authority:
Varies according to specialty

Prescribing Authority:
No

Practice Autonomously:
No

Contact:
Ministerstwo Zdrowia (Poland Ministry of Health)

Role

Development of the Advanced Practice Nurse Role in Poland has been greatly driven by the financial benefit that APNs can provide equal care at a lesser cost than that of physicians (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).  According to Strózik (2006), Poland has almost 2 nurses per every doctor in the country, and has about 2.3 physicians per 1000 individuals, not significantly lacking.  However, there is also reportedly slower waits to see physicians and consultants (more experienced and knowledgable physicians) and in the emergency rooms than most of the EU (europe-cities.com, 2013).

The expanded roles of nurses in specialty positions perform advanced physiologic and psychologic assessment.  The role of APNs as nurse specialists in Poland are not uniform according to specialty, but are based on the healthcare needs within the country for more urgent care and intensive management.  As a result, such expanses of scope of practice include management of some chronic illnesses (i.e. diabetes and end-stage renal disease), perform triage for patient prioritization, or some emergency procedures (i.e. emergency intubation or tracheotomy) (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).  APNs in Poland however do not have prescriptive authority (Delamaire & Lafortune, 2010).

According to Delamaire & Lafortune (2010), the chief barriers to advancing nursing practice in Poland is four fold:

  • Medical association opposition
  • Lack of government funding for new roles
  • Legislation
  • Methods of compensation for physicians

Education and Certification

Nurses are trained regularly at the bachelor level based on a 3 year post high school education.  They can opt for an extended track that allows for midwifery practice, totaling a 5 years of post graduate coursework (Rechel, Dubois, & McKee, 2006).  Coursework is directed and approved by the Poland Ministry of Health and a post graduation licensure exam is required to practice (Nichols, Davis, & Richardson, 2011; Strózik, 2006).

Specialties

Nurses have opportunities to obtain post bachelor graduate education in midwifery, pediatric, psychiatric, and additional opportunities (Strózik, 2006).  While these specializations offer further education and knowledge application, information is lacking on the extent, if any that the scope of practice may be expanded.

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References:
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

europe-cities.com (2013).  Healthcare in Poland.  Retrieved from: http://www.europe-cities.com/en/633/poland/health/

Nichols, B.L., Davis, C.R., & Richardson, D.R. (2011).  Appendix J: International models of nursing.  The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.  Institute of Medicine.  Retrieved from: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/12956.html

Strózik, M. (2006). Chapter 7: Poland. The Health Care Workforce in Europe: Learning from experience.  World Health Organization: Copenhagen, Denmark.  Retrieved from: http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/91475/E89156.pdf