Advanced Practice Nursing in Africa

  • Nelouise GeyerEmail author
  • Christmal Dela Christmals
Part of the Advanced Practice in Nursing book series (APN)


In Africa, health systems will collapse without nurses. The growth of APN programs in Africa is indicative of the recognition of this role in the roll out of universal healthcare. This chapter highlights the development of the Advanced Practice Nursing role in Africa with examples from many of the countries including a description of the origins of the role, educational programs, and legislation or policies that promoted its development. Key leadership actions are highlighted including the role of key stakeholders in the region. While Africa has many challenges, including limited resources, opposition from the medical profession, inefficient regulations and policies, and lack of benchmark educational programs, it also has many opportunities for expansion of the APN role. These opportunities are highlighted including the influence of nursing leaders and other stakeholders as well as through increased resources for health.


Regulation Scope of practice Education & training Role of the APN 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nursing Education AssociationPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Nursing EducationUniversity of WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  3. 3.Research on the Health Workforce for Equity and Quality Center for Health Policy, School of Public HealthUniversity of WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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