About this series
This series of concise monographs, endorsed by the International Council of Nurses, explores various aspects of advanced practice nursing at the international level.
The ICN International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network definition has been adopted for this series to define advanced practice nursing: "A Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse is 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."
At the international level, advanced practice nursing encompasses two professional profiles:
Nurse practitioners (NPs) who have mastered advanced practice nursing, and are capable of diagnosing, making prescriptions for and referring patients. Though they mainly work in the community, some also work in hospitals. Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are expert nurses who deliver high-quality nursing care to patients and promote quality care and performance in nursing teams.
The duties performed by these two categories of advanced practice nurses on an everyday basis can be divided into five interrelated roles:Clinical practice
The series addresses four topics directly related to advanced practice nursing:
APN in practice (NPs and CNSs)
Education and continuous professional development for advanced practice nurses
Managerial issues related to advanced practice nursing
Policy and regulation of advanced practice nursing
The contributing authors are mainly APNs (NPs and CNSs) recruited from the ICN International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network. They include clinicians, educators, researchers, regulators and managers, and are recognized as experts in their respective fields.
Each book within the series reflects the fundamentals of nursing / advanced practice nursing and will promote evidence-based nursing.