Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses

153 Frederick St, Box 117
Kitchener ON  N2H 2M2

Phone: 519 579-1096 extension: * (star) 3008

Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses

CAAPN-ACIIPA is a national Canadian organization consisting of over 700 Advanced Practice Nurses and Advanced Practice Nursing students, encompassing a multitude of specialties. The common and integral bond that links members is advanced nursing practice nursing.

CAAPN is a member of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). Advanced Practice Nurses, also known as Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs), Acute Care (or Specialty) Nurse Practitioners (ACNPs) and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners (PHC NPs), work with patients and their families across the continuum of care (acute, family practice, rehabilitation, home care, and long-term care).

As Advanced Practice Nurses, we work collaboratively with other members of the healthcare team to not only provide individual patient care, but also to improve practice and community/population health, using evidence-informed, best practice and research to develop, implement and evaluate care.

Clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners provide care at an independent level, working both autonomously and in collaboration with colleagues in medicine. CAAPN-ACIIPA is the national voice for all Advanced Practice Nurses, with the goal of advocating for reducing barriers and supporting APNs who wish to achieve a master of nursing preparation in their specialty.

Our membership has representation from all regions of Canada and membership is growing all the time! Our members practice across a range of clinical areas, function in a variety of roles (most commonly Clinical Nurse Specialist and/or Nurse Practitioner), and are found within both the public and private sectors of our health care system. The common and integral bond that links members is advanced practice nursing.
The history of advanced practice nursing in Canada is highlighted in several articles written by the pioneers of nursing who have made it their mandate to move nursing forward! CAAPN-ACIIPA is proud of Canada's pioneers, and we hope to become a strong resource to all who want to learn more about the history of advanced practice nursing.

Our members are advanced practice nurses, students of advanced practice programs, (generally at a master of nursing or doctorate prepared level), or those interested in Advanced Practice Nursing across Canada.

CAAPN is a member of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). Advanced Practice Nurses, also known as Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs), Acute Care (or Specialty) Nurse Practitioners (ACNPs) and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners (PHC NPs), work with patients and their families across the continuum of care (acute, family practice, rehabilitation, home care, and long-term care).

Our membership has representation from all regions of Canada and membership is Our members practice across a range of clinical areas, function in a variety of roles (most commonly Clinical Nurse Specialist and/or Nurse Practitioner), and are found within

Our mission is to improve the health of Canadians by promoting and influencing the development, growth and integration of Advanced Practice Nursing in health systems.


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