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Advanced Practice Nursing in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

  • Fariba Al-DaraziEmail author
  • Majid Al-Maqbali
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Abstract

Development of advanced practice nursing in the Eastern Mediterranean Region including the success stories and challenges are described in this chapter.

As a response to the challenge of providing timely and accessible service to clients, especially the more vulnerable members of the community in the region, the World Health Organization held a consultation on advanced practice nursing and nurse prescribing in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in June 2001 in Pakistan. The consultation discussed the scope of professional roles and responsibilities, regulation of advanced practice nursing and implications for nursing education, practice and regulation.

Although half of the countries surveyed stated that nurses practiced at the advanced level in their country, the description of what these roles actually entailed indicates that there is quite a varied understanding of the nature and scope of advanced practice. For some it meant nurses working in a specialist or supervisory role or carrying one or two ‘advanced’ tasks (e.g. prescribing, suturing, venepuncture), some of which are seen as advanced in some countries but are part of the general nurse’s repertoire of skills in others.

The journey of the Sultanate of Oman as one of the first leading countries that has systemically developed the APN role in the Eastern Mediterranean Region is delineated.

The progress of advanced practice nursing in the region has been slow but steady. A lot of advocacy and role clarification has taken place among nurses, health professionals and health policy makers within the region. Recently, the region has shown interest in developing the family health nursing role where these nurses can perform their roles in collaboration with family physicians and contribute to better health outcomes.

The nursing leadership in the region played a pivotal role in the development of nursing across all fields including advanced practice nursing.

Keywords

Advanced practice nursing Eastern Mediterranean Region Nurse prescribing Family health nursing Nursing leadership 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We wish to sincerely thank the nurse leaders from the Eastern Mediterranean Region for taking the time to complete the questionnaire on advanced practice nursing and nurse prescribing; Ms. Badriya Al Kuwaiti, Bahrain; Professor Cheherezade Ghazi, Egypt; Mr. Ahmed Nejatian, Islamic republic of Iran; Dr. Huda Gharaibeh, Jordan; Dr. Myrna A.A. Doumit, Lebanon; Dr. Majid Al Maqbali,Oman, Professor Rafat Jan, Pakistan; Dr. Nabila Al Meer, Qatar; Dr. Atf Ghérissi, Tunisia; Dr. Fatima Al Rifai and Mr. Mark Fielding, United Arab Emirates.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health PersonnelRegional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, World Health OrganizationCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Ministry of HealthMuscatOman

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