ICN: "A Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse is a registered nurse who has acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context and/or country in which s/he is credentialed to practice." Link
Scope note: Registered nurses who by advanced training and clinical experience in a branch of nursing have acquired expert knowledge in the special branch of practice. The advanced training may be obtained through a master's degree or certification program. Consider also specific types of nurse practitioners.
"Advanced Nursing Practice"
The performance of additional acts by registered nurses who have gained added knowledge and skills through post-basic education and clinical experience.
"Advanced Practice Nurses"
Nurses who fulfill roles beyond those that require basic educational preparation and are practicing at an advanced level. These include nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and clinical specialists. Nurses in advanced practice include in their range of activities physical assessment, health promotion, prevention of disease, and nursing and medical management of disease. They are usually prepared with a masters' degree in nursing and may be in independent practice or employed by a physician, HMO or hospital.