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Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2017 Jan 30;25:e2819. doi: 10.1590/1518-8345.1696.2819.

Exploration of priority actions for strengthening the role of nurses in achieving universal health coverage.

[Article in English, Portuguese, Spanish; Abstract available in Portuguese and Spanish from the publisher]

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PhD, Professor, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.


in English, Portuguese, Spanish


to explore priority actions for strengthening the role of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) towards the achievement of Universal Health Converge (UHC) as perceived by health key informants in Jordan.


an exploratory qualitative design, using a semi-structured survey, was utilized. A purposive sample of seventeen key informants from various nursing and health care sectors was recruited for the purpose of the study. Content analysis utilizing the five-stage framework approach was used for data analysis.


the findings revealed that policy and regulation, nursing education, research, and workforce were identified as the main elements that influence the role of APNs in contributing to the achievement of UHC. Priority actions were identified by the participants for the main four elements.


study findings confirm the need to strengthen the role of APNs to achieve UHC through a major transformation in nursing education, practice, research, leadership, and regulatory system. Nurses should unite to come up with solid nursing competencies related to APNs, PHC, UHC, leadership and policy making to strengthen their position as main actors in influencing the health care system and evidence creation.

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