Network History - 2002 to 2020

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The 2nd NP/APNN conference was held in Adelaide, Australia. A proposal for a definition and characteristics of advanced nursing practice had been introduced in 2001 in Copenhagen at the ICN conference, when the Network group convened a group of interested APNs. Open discussion led by Madrean Schober, Chair of NP/APN Network, took place and suggestions were offered by those attending. The current ICN definition and characteristics was drafted by NP/APN Core Steering Group and sent to the ICN Board of Directors where it was approved in 2002 following a review by ICN National Nursing Associations.


The 3rd NP/APNN conference was held in Groningen, the Netherlands.

A Network logo was developed and approved by ICN.


The NP/APN Network logo pin was developed and approved by ICN for sale in Taipei at the ICN conference. It was also possible to buy a pin and donate one for a NP/APN who could not afford to purchase the pin.


The 4th NP/APNN conference was held in Sandton, South Africa.

Launch of the “Logo Award Pin” program provided 20 donated pins to APN members during the conference in Sandton, South Africa. This was the first time APNs were recognized with a Logo Pin by the Network.


A scope of practice document for advanced nursing practice was started by the Policy Subgroup of NP/APN Network in 2001. After research into the international community’s understanding of APNs, the level and extent of practice and education, the first draft was completed in 2004, revised in 2005 and again in 2007. The first “Pre-publication copy” was circulated at the ICN meeting held in Yokohama, Japan. The final document was published by ICN in May 2008.

In the fall of 2007, the pilot survey addressing education, practice and regulation of NP/APNs was circulated to Network members by the Education and Practice Subgroups. Revisions were made because the pilot survey and the full survey was implemented in Spring 2008.


The 5th NP/APNN conference was held in Toronto, Canada.

Survey results were reported at the of NP/APN Network conference in Toronto, Canada by Dr. J.Pulcini, Chair of Education and Practice Subgroup.

The Fundraising Subgroup proposed the development of a Grant to support funding of a member to attend the next NP/APNN.

The Scope of Practice document was published and available through ICN in May 2008.


The 6th NP/APNN conference was held in Brisbane, Australia.

The first Advanced Practice Nurse grant recipient was awarded at the Brisbane conference – Mrs. Januna Tamrakar Sayami from Kathmandu, Nepal. The first fund raising ‘silent’ auction was conducted at the Brisbane conference. Fundraising was aimed at continuing the grant program.

The NP/APN Network offered stuffed dolls to NPs who worked with children in their practice. The dolls had been donated by a colleague in Seattle, Washington and shipped to the conference to be distributed to meeting participants and were distributed to NPs attending the meeting in Brisbane.


The Network established a centrally located bank account through ICN at a Swiss bank account. Prior to this the bank account was located in the country of origin of the CSG treasurer.


The 7th NP/APNN conference was held in London, United Kingdom.

The second grant recipient was awarded at the London conference – Ossama Abed Zaqout, Amman, Jordan.


Research request guidelines were developed due to the increased requests to conduct research utilizing NP/APNN members.


The 8th NP/APNN conference was held in Helsinki, Finland.


A Network session was held at the ICN conference in Seoul, Korea.


The 9th NP/APNN conference was held in Hong Kong with over 900 delegates from 24 countries attending.


At the ICN Congress in Barcelona, Spain a Global Alliance initiative was announced with the Network identified as the inaugural member of the Alliance. The Network was now called the ICN Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network (NP/APNN).


10th ICN NP/APN Conference, Rotterdam, August 27 – 29th 2018


Network presentation at ICN Congress Singapore.
The International Council of Nurses welcomed over 5300 delegates to the ICN Congress 2019 in Singapore from 27th June to 1st July 2019. Advanced Practice Nursing was presented at the congress. There were 14 Network sessions in total relating to NP / APN, including a keynote, symposia, Policy Cafés, an NP / APN Booth for delegate networking and various presentations.


Advanced Practice Nursing guidelines published.
The Network was actively involved in the development of the ICN Guidelines on Advanced Practice Nursing, which were published in April 2020. They can be found at

On behalf of the Network, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the guidelines, especially NPs / APN experts and ICN National Nurses Associations, who provided invaluable feedback and advice throughout the process of drafting the document. Sincere thanks also to ICN for their support and the authors involved for making this important work happen.

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