Optimizing the Interprofessional Workforce in Community Services: Determine the Need
and Role for Advanced Practice Nurses in Alberta

An interactive two-part workshop was hosted by Alberta Health Services to improve the
accessibility, quality and the sustainability of community healthcare services in Alberta through
increased understanding and application of an interprofessional workforce and models of care
delivery that may include APN roles.

The workshops aimed to:

  • Establish foundational knowledge about the purpose and focus of clinical nurse specialist
    (CNS) and nurse practitioner (NP) roles.
  • Gain knowledge and skills in applying the PEPPA Framework to determine the right
    complement and mix of advanced nursing and other healthcare provider roles necessary
    to address patient, health provider and health system needs.
  • Increase awareness of strategies to promote effective APN role design and
    implementation within new models of care.
  • Identify strategies to create supportive practice environments for APN role integration
    within new community-based models of care.
  • Identify steps in developing an APN role evaluation plan.
  • Establish foundational knowledge about the purpose and focus of clinical nurse specialist
    (CNS) and nurse practitioner (NP) roles.
  • Gain knowledge and skills in applying the PEPPA Framework to determine the right
    complement and mix of advanced nursing and other healthcare provider roles necessary
    to address patient, health provider and health system needs.
  • Increase awareness of strategies to promote effective APN role design and
    implementation within new models of care.
  • Identify strategies to create supportive practice environments for APN role integration
    within new community-based models of care.
  • Identify steps in developing an APN role evaluation plan.

The workshops were held in Edmonton and Calgary on February 6 and March 20, 2012
respectively and involved panel presentations, small group activities and large group discussions.
A diverse group of participants attended the workshops including advanced practice nurses,
researchers, educators, healthcare managers and policy makers. The workshops were led by
Denise Bryant-Lukosius (Director – Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research
and Canadian Centre of Excellence in Oncology Advanced Practice Nursing, McMaster
University), Noreen Linton (Associate Chief Nursing Officer and VP Health Professions
Strategy and Practice, Alberta Health Services) and Elaine Finseth (Director – Rehabilitation and
Integrated Services, Alberta Health Services).