Education for advanced nursing practice: an evolving framework

Int J Nurs Stud. 2000 Dec;37(6):523-33. doi: 10.1016/s0020-7489(00)00030-4.


This paper presents and critiques a framework for advanced health care practice. The framework is a set of professional attributes which underpin the delivery of an inter-disciplinary postgraduate course in the United Kingdom (UK). It enables students to review and develop knowledge and skills required to lead and advance nursing and health care practice. The framework is reviewed in relation to UK policy discussion on advanced or higher levels of practice. Brief comparisons are made with international concepts and literature on advanced nursing practice. The potential contribution of this framework to nursing practice and education is discussed. In particular, the framework provides a degree of clarity and coherence in specifying the nature and scope of advanced and higher level practice in the UK.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Nursing, Graduate*
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Models, Educational*
  • Nurse Practitioners*
  • Program Development*
  • United Kingdom