Developing the scope of practice and education for advanced practice nurses in Finland

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Abstract

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.

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