The National Nursing Centers Consortium, a PHMC affiliate and a nonprofit organization that advances nurse-led healthcare globally, released the report, “The Future of Nursing,” calling for standardization and education as part of the recommendations that will improve the role of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) and thereby ensure access to quality health care for all.

Other recommendations in the report include removing policy barriers that prevent APNs from practicing to the full extent of their education, reforming healthcare funding mechanisms to allow for APN-based practice models and continuing the collection of data and sharing of information on APN quality and outcomes. These reforms will lead advancing and expanding the role of nurses in treating patients worldwide.

The report’s findings came out of the 2014 Global Advanced Practice Nursing Symposium, a two-day event sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and jointly convened by NNCC, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, the Office of the Chief Nurse in Queensland, Australia and AARP International.

Additional information regarding the findings and recommendations from the symposium and the full white paper can be found on NNCC’s website at You can view the press release here.