PAHO promotes debate on expanding the role of nurses in primary health care

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Washington DC, 27 June 2024 - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre in Primary Care Nursing & Health Human Resources, McMaster University, hosted the webinar series titled “Systematic and Evidence-Based Approaches to Optimize Health Systems Integration of Advanced Practice Nursing Roles”. This initiative was presented in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research; Collaborating Centres at Columbia University, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, University of São Paulo.

This webinar series, held in three parts, aimed to promote the effective development, implementation, and evaluation of advanced practice nursing (APN) roles in Latin America and the Caribbean through the use of evidence-informed and systematic approaches.

The series was attended by around 150 participants from 14 countries: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, and Venezuela.

The event featured speakers from universities, the Ministries of Health and PAHO and covered the following topics: (1) engaging Influential APN policy and decision-makers, (2) strategies to translate and disseminate APN evidence to policy and decision-makers, and (3) impact and outcomes of the implementation of the APN role in primary health care.

The discussion panels and interventions allowed for analysis and reflection on the implementation of APN in Latin America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on primary health care, promoting the development of new competencies and a new model of professional training and practice.

This webinar underscores PAHO's efforts to strengthen the nursing workforce and interprofessional health teams, in order to improve access to and coverage of qualified health services for the population.
The webinar recording is available here.