Alignment of the International Council of Nurses Advanced Practice Nursing Guideline Characteristics With Conceptual Frameworks: A Scoping Review

Andrew Scanlon, Maria Murphy, Janice Smolowitz, Virginia Lewis

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Abstract

Background: During the past 50 years, numerous conceptual frameworks have been used to describe and evaluate advanced practice nursing (APN) roles and outcomes. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) released an updated description of APN characteristics intersecting with currently utilized frameworks allows for assessing relevance to practice. Purpose: The review aimed to examine the alignment of established and commonly used conceptual frameworks related to advanced practice roles with the ICN APN guidelines characteristics. This will help identify a globally relevant framework for APN roles. Method: PubMed, Cumulative Index in Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and ProQuest Central databases were searched using terms that characterize APN and conceptual frameworks. To address currency and relevance of frameworks was applied to discovered frameworks identifying and reviewing in detail those which were cited more than 15 times during the last five years. Results: This search found over 1107 publications. Of these, nine conceptual frameworks met all inclusion criteria. The frameworks captured some of the characteristics described by the ICN. Eight addressed all categories but in a limited fashion. Implications for Practice: Reviewing recently and frequently cited frameworks can inform the applicability in the interested readers, own nursing practice. This review not only does this but also examines the global uptake and the relationship to international standards of APN to provide additional information on the frame-works’ reach and worldwide transferability. However, further research examining the relevance of these frameworks in low-and lower-middle-income countries is needed to understand their importance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-128
Number of pages28
JournalResearch and Theory for Nursing Practice
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • advanced practice
  • nursing models
  • nursing practice
  • professional regulation

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