NP/APNN Membership Introduction

Being A Member

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse Network (NP/APNN) was established to provide an international resource for nurses practicing in the Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) roles as well as interested others such as policymakers, educators, regulators and/or health planners. These roles (NP/APN) apply to individual nurses who have been prepared beyond the basic education of a generalist nurse and who have the relevant experience and additional education and/or training that allows them to practice in an advanced role. The titles and credentials for these individuals vary around the globe but additional advanced education and/or training remains consistent. Please see the definition and characteristics of the NP/APN on the website (

The network provides an evolving forum for discussion, follows trends in the field, and disseminates relevant and timely information. The Core Steering Group and Subgroups provide the leadership and infrastructure necessary to facilitate the aims and objectives of the network. Members of these groups are nurses or interested others committed to providing support for the presence, initiation and maintenance of NP/APN roles globally.

The network uses an informal model of organization and functions in collaboration with, and under the umbrella of, the International Council of Nurses. This provides a strong global dimension as well as international co-ordination and support for the work of the network. ICN’s policies and official positions on nursing and health related issues are accepted as the framework within which the Network functions. Representation from ICN is through a designated staff member liaison to the Core Steering and Subgroups.

The Orientation Manual has been developed to inform members and potential members of the scope of service and opportunities for participation in the activities of the network.