Nurse Practitioners on the Move: The Journey to the United States

Barbara Sheer DNSc, FNP-C, FAANP


Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2007;7(2) 

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A Smoother Transition

Today, the process is more streamlined and can be started from the individual's country of origin. As the number of programs and countries involved in advanced practice increases, this scenario may be repeated in many nations until professionals and regulators look to a future model of mutual recognition that balances the needs of the country, consumer protection, and nursing competence at the APN role level. At the present time, the following guidelines are offered to facilitate a smoother transition to working as an APN in another country:

  1. Develop a personal portfolio. Keep documentation of educational programs, including program description, credits, course syllabi, clinical hours, preceptors, and official transcripts.

  2. Allow sufficient lead time for the process.

  3. Search for your desired position using Web searches and email.

  4. Have transcripts evaluated by the appropriate agency prior to emigration. Check with regulatory board or national nursing association. Contact both the CGFNS and the state board of nursing in the state where you wish to practice.

  5. Identify required credentialing. In the United States it is necessary to be qualified as an RN prior to APN.

  6. Identify requirements for advanced practice credentialing, if needed.

  7. Identify state/territory requirements.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Available at: Accessed August 3, 2007.

American Nurses Association Credentialing Center. Available at: Accessed August 3, 2007.

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. Available at: Accessed August 3, 2007.

International Centre on Nurse Migration. Available at: Accessed August 3, 2007.

International Council of Nurses. Available at: Accessed August 3, 2007.

International Council of Nurses NP/APN Network. Available at: Accessed August 3, 2007.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Available at: Accessed August 3, 2007.


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