What is it about?

Advanced Practice Nurses demonstrate nursing expertise in clinical practice, education, research and leadership, and are no longer perceived as “physician replacements” or assistants. Saudi Arabia has yet to define, legislate or regulate APN. This article aims to disseminate information from a Saudi APN thought leadership meeting, to chronicle the history of APN within Saudi Arabia, while identifying strategies for moving forward.

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Why is it important?

It is important that Saudi Nurse academics, Leaders and APN work together to ensure a solid foundation for developing APN that will benefit the country, its population and its Nurses. Capturing the history of its development and the thoughts from brain storming meetings with Saudi Academics and Leaders with international experts from the USA and UK will hopefully drive its development.


I believe that this article, and the thought leadership meetings mentioned in the article, were instrumental in instigating developments at the SCFHS and local Universities in initiating University based programs for APN/NP in Saudi Arabia.

Denise Hibbert

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This page is a summary of: Advancing Nursing Practice: The Emergence of the Role of Advanced Practice Nurse in Saudi Arabia, Annals of Saudi Medicine, February 2017, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, DOI: 10.5144/0256-4947.2017.72.
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