What we have learned from COVID-19: The need of Advanced Practice Nurses in Health Care

What we have learned from COVID-19: The need of Advanced Practice Nurses in Health Care
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The objective of this webinar is to discuss the role that advanced practice nurses have had during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the implementation of that role can help countries with low density and distribution of health professionals

When

30 March 2021, 4:00 - 5:30 PM (EST)

How to participate

Video recording: March 30, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3W-D6Xk74E

Languages Spanish and English

Moderator: Silvia Cassiani, Advisor on Nursing and Allied Health Personnel, PAHO/WHO

Opening remarks. Fernando Menezes da Silva, Unit Chief, Human Resources for Health, PAHO/WHO

The role of advanced practice nurse in Primary Health Care. Carrie Heer. Nurse Practitioner, Coordinator & Clinical Lead Nurse-Led Outreach Team St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph, Canada

The role of advanced practice nurse in hospital setting. Marlene E. McHugh. DNP Practice- Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY Associate Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing USA

Comments

  • Maya Goldenberg,  Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, Canada
  • Patricia Ingram-Martin,  Chief Nursing Officer, Ministry of Health of Jamaica
  • Claudia Leija Hernández,  Chief Nursing Officer, Ministry of Health of Mexico

Questions and Answers - Closing remarks.


Background

The year 2021 has been designated by the World Health Organization as the International Year of Healthcare Workers and Care to value the essential role that healthcare workers have played in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is an estimated gap of 18 million healthcare workers worldwide, mainly affecting low- and middle-income countries, as well as an inadequate distribution of these to respond to the needs of communities with adequate skills and knowledge. In the Region of the Americas there are a total of 8.4 million nursing professionals (30% of the world level). Nurses represent 56% of the total health workforce (physicians, pharmacists, dentists, midwives, and nurses) and remain the majority of professionals in the health system.

The existence of an advanced practice nurse role is more prevalent in countries with low physician density, suggesting that greater professional autonomy for nurses could be a policy response to mitigate physician shortages. In the Region of the Americas, 55% of the countries have reported the existence of advanced nursing functions. This role was not implemented in the Latin American countries.

Objective

The objective of this webinar is to discuss the role that advanced practice nurses have had during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the implementation of that role can help countries with low density and distribution of health professionals.  

Relevant links

Presentations and video will be available:   Virtual Campus for Public Health - Webinars

Year of the Health  and Care Workers 2021 

Expanding the Roles of Nurses in Primary Health Care  (publication)