ICN Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse Network International Academy of Research and Enterprise

The International Academy of Research and Enterprise (IARE) is a new unit of the International Council of Nurses Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse (ICN NP/APN) Network. It has been developed to oversee and support larger ICN NP/APN Network and collaborative projects, international research, and other initiatives in order to advance and disseminate the Advanced Practice Nurse role in the global arena. The scope of these projects will include, but are not limited to, broad initiatives that incorporate activities and/or research that span across two or more subgroups of the ICN NP/APN Network, and/or include outside collaborative partnerships.

Specifically, the Academy will provide leadership, coordination and strategic planning in research and enterprise for the Network in order to ensure high standards and longer-term impact. The Academy has four key priorities:

Priority 1: To support the increase and uptake of Advanced Practice Nurses around the world and to increase the awareness of, and enhance clarity with regards to APN roles and functions.

Priority 2: To foster ICN NP / APN Network research and enterprise (projects and initiatives) in Advanced Practice Nursing through coordination both within the Network and with outside partners.

Priority 3: To support the development of a highly skilled and capable APN workforce through the contribution of Network-related research.

Priority 4: To oversee and support the development of research, projects and initiatives that assist the Network in strengthening the APN role, to push boundaries, challenge inequalities, take a strategic advisory role in regional, national and international health policy, and practice developments.

The Academy will fundamentally focus on research and enterprise that will inform and facilitate the ongoing development of Advanced Practice Nursing. It will endeavor to bolster role clarity, key competencies and integration within health systems and health workforces.

The Director of the ICN Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse Network International Academy of Research and Enterprise is Dr Melanie Rogers. She can be contacted at M.Rogers@hud.ac.uk.

The Deputy Directors are Dr Elissa Ladd (ecladd@gmail.com) and Dr Deborah Gray (dcgray@odu.edu)