Developing the scope of practice and education for advanced practice nurses in Finland
Article first published online: 13 MAY 2009
© 2009 The Author. Journal compilation © 2009 International Council of Nurses
International Nursing Review
Volume 56, Issue 2, pages 269–272, June 2009
How to Cite
Fagerström, L. (2009), Developing the scope of practice and education for advanced practice nurses in Finland. International Nursing Review, 56: 269–272. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2008.00673.x
- Issue published online: 13 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 13 MAY 2009
- Advanced Practice Nursing;
- Higher Education;
- Nurse Practitioner;
- Scope of Practice
Background: The reorganization of Finnish healthcare services has required a restructuring of the areas of responsibility between healthcare professionals.
Aim: To describe the need for Advanced Practice Nurses in Finland and the development process of a Master's programme in Health Promotion, Advanced Clinical Care.
Methods: The study consisted of a survey of nurse managers (24) and focus group interviews with clinical nurse specialists (46).
Findings: The expanded role includes advanced clinical skills and responsibility for health prevention and promotion, education, supervision, leadership, research and development.
Conclusions: The legislation, scope and models have to be supported and further developed to promote the full scope of advanced practice.