Definition and Characteristics of the Role
Nurse Practioner and Advanced Practice Roles
Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Roles are developing globally. To facilitate a common understanding and guide further development of these important roles, ICN, through the expertise of its International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network, has developed a definition and characteristics of a Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse. The definition and characteristics reflect ICN's official position and represent current and potential roles worldwide.
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. APN definition in Chinese, French and Spanish.