The 2nd International Advanced Nursing Practice Conference 2023




KEYNOTE I  Niches of Advanced Nursing Practice in Healthcare - A Hospital Executive's Perspectives

Prof. ZHENG Jialin

Dean, School of Medicine, Tongji University, 

Shanghai, China


KEYNOTE II  Advanced Nursing Practice in Hong Kong: Opportunities and Challenges 

Prof. CHAIR Sek Ying

President, Hong Kong Academy of Nursing,

Vice Director (Research) and Graduate Division of the Nethersole School of Nursing,

Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Advanced Nursing Practice in Hong Kong: Opportunities and Challenges 

Hong Kong, like everywhere else in the world, is grappling with challenges of ageing population, growing burden of chronic illnesses, shortage of physicians, suboptimal continuity of care, and demanding access to healthcare services. Moreover, cost-containing is critical in a subsidised system, as the Hospital Authority is shouldering 90% of inpatient care in Hong Kong. All these facilitate the development of innovative healthcare services, paving the way for the advancement of ANP in Hong Kong. In Nursing, the maturity of post-graduate education has prepared nurses to expand and extend the scope of practice. However, to achieve job retention, higher autonomy and job satisfaction should be considered.

The introduction of the Advanced Practice Nurse position in 2003 led to the launch of the Voluntary Scheme on Advanced and Specialised Nursing practice by the Nursing Council in 2021. However, in this voluntary registration exercise, the distinction between specialty nursing and advanced practice nursing remains unclear. In addition, objective criteria for programme accreditation are yet to be developed, and competency assessments on applicants are not mandatory, posing challenges to the benefits of this scheme to the healthcare system. In the upcoming legislative process, all these identified challenges should be tackled through collaborative efforts involving the government, the public and nurses, ultimately benefitting Hong Kong at large.

KEYNOTE III  Policy Development and Implementation of Advanced Nursing Practice in Singapore

Ms. Paulin KOH

RN, RMW, BSc Nursing (Hons),

Adv.Dip. In Nursing (Midwifery), MBA,

Chief Nursing Officer, Ministry of Health, Singapore

Policy Development and Implementation of Advanced Nursing Practice in Singapore

This presentation aims to share the development of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) in Singapore, beginning with the definition of APN practice relevant to the Singapore context and the amendment of the Nurses’ and Midwives’ Act & Regulations to provide for the registration and certification of APN practice. Topics include the implementation of educational and internship programmes, regulatory framework and healthcare policies to support APN practice. Key policies relating to funding and the establishment of a collaborative prescribing framework will also be addressed here.

The development of APNs in Singapore has progressed in the last 20 years. With the ageing population and the evolving needs of the healthcare system, we are currently working on expanding the role and practice settings of APNs beyond the acute care setting into the community and primary care settings. This will help to ensure better integration of care, better patient outcomes and foster a resilient and empowered nursing profession.

KEYNOTE IV How the International Study Results on the Specialty Certification of Advanced Practice Nurses May Inform Hong Kong's Development 


Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University,

How the International Study Results on the Specialty Certification of Advanced Practice Nurses May Inform Hong Kong's Development

Increasingly, healthcare systems require advanced practice nurses with focused expertise in highly specialized areas of practice across varied settings to address complex and personalized patient healthcare needs resulting from advances in diagnosis, treatment, and technology. Specialty certification is one type of credential that is an essential building block for creating and sustaining an advanced practice nurse workforce with the knowledge, skills, and competence to deliver timely, safe, and effective patient care. This presentation will share the results of a multi-phase international research project that aimed to examine the current evidence and stakeholder recommendations about healthcare policies, practices, and resources that support specialty certification for advanced practice nurses. Guiding principles for making decisions about the design and implementation of specialty certification programs will be provided.

KEYNOTE V Advanced Nursing Practice in Cardio Oncology

Dr. Anecita FADOL 

Nurse Practitioner and Associate Professor,
Department of Nursing & Department of Cardiology,
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Centre,
Texas, US

How the International Study Results on the Specialty Certification of Advanced Practice Nurses May Inform Hong Kong's Development

Cardio-Oncology is the intersection of two specialties (oncology and cardiology) focusing on the management and prevention of cardiovascular complications in cancer patients and survivors. Following cancer treatments in many patients, the risk of cardiovascular death may be higher than the actual risk of tumor recurrence. Given the complexities of this patient population, it is important for providers to possess knowledge of not only of cardiovascular disease but also cancer subtypes and their specific therapeutics.  Advanced practice nurses are pivotal to the delivery of evidence-based assessment and care for individuals who have preexisting cardiac conditions, as well as those for whom cardiac complications are related to the known and emerging toxicities of cancer treatment. Nurses bridge the gap between cardiologists, oncologists, and the inter-professional team to provide seamless care for patients with cancer with multiple comorbidities, including concurrent cardiovascular disease. With expanding populations of individuals with cardiotoxicities induced or exacerbated by cancer treatment, there is a unique demand for specialty-trained advanced practice nurses in Cardio-Oncology to care for this population.


Advanced Nursing Practice in Hong Kong and the Way Forward

Dr. Danny TONG

Chief Manager (Nursing) / Chief Nurse Executive (CM(N)/CNE) of Nursing Services Department,

Hospital Authority Head Office (HAHO)

Advanced Nursing Practice in Hong Kong and the Way Forward

 With an aging population and an increasing burden of chronic diseases, the continuously rising service demand consistently surpasses the available supply, raising concerns about the sustainability of our healthcare system. As the largest group of healthcare professionals in Hong Kong, nurses can play a crucial role in revolutionizing the healthcare system to meet the future challenges.

Shifting the focus to primary care is essential in meeting the healthcare needs of Hong Kong's population. By emphasizing prevention and, health promotion, primary care can alleviate the strain on secondary and tertiary services. Nurses, as frontline healthcare providers, are well-positioned to lead this change.

Advancing nursing practice is vital in addressing the complex healthcare challenges faced in Hong Kong. Nurses should continuously explore their potential in extending their roles to meet the emerging needs of the population. This includes delivering specialized and evidence-based care that enhances patient outcomes and satisfaction, improves care quality and safety, and contributes to a more efficient and sustainable healthcare system.

Technology and innovation have transformed healthcare globally, and Hong Kong can leverage these advancements to enhance nursing practice. The integration of digital health solutions, telehealth, and electronic health records streamlines communication, improves care coordination, and enables remote patient monitoring. Equipping nurses with technological skills and training enables effective utilization of these tools, increasing the efficiency of care. This not only alleviates the burden on hospitals but also empowers patients to take care of their own health.

In conclusion, by assuming responsibilities in primary care, expanding roles in advanced practice, and harnessing technology for improved care efficiency and effectiveness, nurses can make an enormous contribution to developing a sustainable healthcare system in the future.


Framework for the Development, Implementation and Evaluation of the Impact of APN Roles


Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University,

Framework for the Development, Implementation and Evaluation of the Impact of Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) Roles

The use of APN roles is a critical investment in health human resources, providing positive outcomes for patients/families, nurses/healthcare providers, organizations, and health systems. Yet, international research evidence illustrates a multitude of barriers to optimal APN role implementation and health systems integration. Consequently, the potential for advanced practice nurses to contribute to healthcare improvement and innovation is not fully realized. These barriers are also associated with poor advanced practice nurse job satisfaction, recruitment, and retention. Lack of evaluation data may negatively impact on APN role expansion and long-term sustainability.

Many barriers to effective APN role implementation can be avoided through improved planning. The PEPPA framework is Participatory, Evidence-Informed Patient-Centred Process for APN Role Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. Used worldwide, the framework has demonstrated utility for achieving successful APN role implementation. This workshop will provide an overview of the PEPPA framework and how it has been used internationally to support the introduction of APN roles. Practical strategies, resources, and tools for using the framework will be described. Opportunities to discuss solutions to APN role implementation barriers will be provided. This workshop will be of interest to advanced practice nurses and their supervisors, APN educators, researchers, and healthcare policy and decision-makers. 


Clinical Challenges in Cardio-Oncology: Are You Ready for the Challenge?

Dr. Anecita P. FADOL


Nurse Practitioner and Associate Professor,

Department of Nursing & Department of Cardiology,

University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Centre,


Clinical Challenges in Cardio-Oncology: Are You Ready for the Challenge?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality globally. It is not uncommon that nurses provide care for individuals with cancer and concurrent CVD. Anti-cancer treatments including chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immune checkpoint inhibitors are associated with de novo and latent effects on the cardiovascular system resulting in “cardiotoxicity.” Cardiotoxicity resulting in heart failure (HF) is one of the most dreaded complications of cancer therapy, and if not appropriately managed may lead to frequent hospital admissions, cancer treatment delays, a diminished quality of life for the patient, and increased financial burden to the family and the health care system.  HF as a result of cancer therapy has been linked to a 3.5-fold increased mortality risk.  It is imperative that nurses should have the baseline knowledge and clinical skills to adequately manage these patients. This workshop will include a didactic lecture followed by an interactive case study to illustrate the application of theory to clinical practice. The didactic lecture will include most common cancer treatments with potential cardiotoxicity leading to heart failure, pathophysiologic mechanisms, diagnostic criteria, medical and nursing management across the continuum of cancer care, and patient education.


Opening Remarks 

Roles of Nurses in the Primary Health Care Blueprint of Hong Kong