Advanced Practice Nursing in Africa
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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.
KeywordsRegulation Scope of practice Education & training Role of the APN
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