Advanced Nursing Practice addresses the key issues in practice, education, regulation, research and role/practice development, which are central to defining the distinctive nature of advanced nursing practice (ANP) and explores international developments in the field of ANP. Advanced Nursing Practice has been developed in recognition of the key role nurses with advanced knowledge and skills play in developing health care services worldwide. The book tracks the evolution of new advanced practice nursing roles and innovative practice models, and examines the need for international guidelines. In exploring strategies for implementing ANP in the context of countries' health care needs, Advanced Nursing Practice addresses legal and ethical challenges and commonalities and differences in advanced nursing practice, while examining the implications, obstacles, and facilitative strategies in maintaining, implementing and supporting the development of ANP. This book provides guidance in decision-making, examines the implications for liaising with other health care professionals and encourages nurses to shape their role to the needs of their patients and practice.