Sunday, October 2, 2011
Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAAPN) Meeting....What is happening next door?
I presented content on the APRN Consensus Model to the CAAPN conference this week in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan this past week. The conference was very good and demonstrated a broad range of recent research and discussions underway in Canada in relation to the two advanced practice roles they recognize: NP and CNS.
CAAPN is an affiliated organization to the Canadian Nurses Association and as such is also fully integrated into the International Nurse Practioner/Advanced Practice Nurses (INP/APN) Organization as a subgroup of the International Council of Nurses. The discussion was centered around many of the same topics as we have within the United States: How to advance the role of the advanced practice nurse (regardless of NP or CNS) and how to increase the visibility of the roles and their functions.
There is much that we in the US can learn from the Canadian groups as they wrestle with many of the same issues as we are currently wrestling with. Also (and perhaps more importantly) we can learn a lot from how they are managing their issues in a country that has vast geography and far fewer APRNs than we have and yet they are able to provide excellent services to the varied populations within the country.
I was truly impressed with the level of thought, synthesis of the dialogue, and energy to move forward together into the future. Go Canada Go!