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McMaster hosts international session on nursing

Published: April 16, 2015
Adriana Roncancio speaking at advanced practice nursing summit
Adriana Roncancio, nursing student and volunteer translator, speaks at the advanced practice nursing summit hosted at McMaster University for the Pan American Health Organization.

More than 30 nurses and health professionals from across Latin and Central America are at McMaster University today for a two-day session on advanced practice nursing.

The summit, being hosted for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), aims to share how the role in Canada and the U.S. of the advanced practice nurse, such as nurse practitioners, relates to universal access to health and health coverage.

Although advanced practice nursing is well-recognized in Canada and the U.S., post-graduate trained nursing is not a role in health care in Central and South American countries.

Attendees are from Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and U.S, as well as the World Health Organization in Switzerland.

McMaster's School of Nursing has been a PAHO/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Health Human Resources and Primary Health Care for more than 20 years. The centre works collaboratively with faculty across disciplines at McMaster and in coordination with the Global Network of Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery. The centre's director is Andrea Baumann, associate vice-president, global health for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

McMaster University researchers from the office of the Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing, the Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research at McMaster and faculty from the School of Nursing were leading the discussions.

Several local practices are providing presentations and tours.

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