Our Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Dr. Barbara Stilwell
Opening Keynote - Advanced Practice Nursing: Taking Us Into the Future

Dr. Barbara Stilwell

Stilwell took up the post of Executive Director of the Global Nursing Now Campaign in July 2018. Prior to this, she was Senior Director for Human Resources Solutions at IntraHealth International, based in Chapel Hill, USA. For the past 25 years, Stilwell has worked on international health workforce issues, first with the World Health Organization (WHO) based in Geneva and then with IntraHealth International. At the WHO, Stilwell helped change the organization’s approaches to performance improvement and served as the focal point on the migration of health workers, negotiating with ministers of health on strategies to address health worker migration. Stilwell has helped countries around the world to manage change and development in their own health workforces. In the UK Stilwell is best known for introducing the nurse practitioner role in general practice. 

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Alba DiCenso

Alba Dicenso

Closing Keynote

Alba DiCenso, CM, PhD, FCAHS is a Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing and the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (where she taught and conducted research for 35 years). From 2001 to 2011, she held the CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Advanced Practice Nursing (APN), the mandate of which was to increase Canada’s capacity of nurse researchers conducting APN-related health services research that serves the needs of health managers and policy makers. From 2002 to 2012, she was the Director of the Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research (OTC). As the OTC Director, she led a consortium of 6 universities working collaboratively with policy makers to offer training for graduate students in health services and policy research.

Alba was the lead author of the Discussion Paper that preceded the provincial government’s announcement to introduce nurse practitioners in Ontario in 1994, and the lead investigator of a series of research studies that introduced and evaluated neonatal nurse practitioners in tertiary level neonatal intensive care units. She also studied the barriers and facilitators to the integration of NPs in primary health care in Ontario. In 2010, she led the completion of a decision support synthesis on Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners in Canada and in 2014, she led the completion of a systematic review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of advanced practice nurses.

From 1998 to 2003, Alba was the lead editor of the Evidence-Based Nursing Journal and she is the lead editor of the text, Evidence-Based Nursing: A Guide to Clinical Practice published by Elsevier. In November 2008, Alba received a Centennial Award from the Canadian Nurses Association. In 2010, she became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and an Honorary Member of the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario. In 2014, she was appointed to the Order of Canada and in 2016, she was inducted into McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences Community of Distinction.

Dr. Tim Guest

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Welcome & Panel Moderator


Tim Guest is the President of the Canadian Nurses Association. Tim is a Registered Nurse with a BScN from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management with Specialization in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Tim has 30 years of experience in the health care system, from clinician to senior executive, in Alberta and Nova Scotia in rural, urban and academic/ tertiary settings. Tim’s clinical experience was largely in the acute care sector; however, administrative responsibilities have covered all aspects of acute and community sectors, in rural and urban academic settings. As an accreditation surveyor with Accreditation Canada for the past 7 years, Tim has gained valuable experience and insight into the unique and common issues and challenges facing the Canadian health system.

Dr. April Kapu

NPAPN 2020, speaker April Kapu

Values-Based Health Care: Current and Future Implications for APNs

Dr. April Kapu is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Advanced Practice Nursing, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Kapu is the Director for the VUMC Office of Advanced Practice, providing resources and professional practice support for over 1100 advanced practice nurses.

Dr. Kapu represents Vanderbilt advanced practice nursing nationally through consultation, publications, presentations and hosted events. She is a Professor of Clinical Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Associate Professor of Critical Care, Department of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Kapu has authored chapters in advanced practice nursing textbooks and published manuscripts in journals such as JONA, Nurse Leader, Critical Care Nurse, The Journal of Trauma, Nursing Management and others.

She has presented nationally with specific areas of interest that include” “Adding Nurse Practitioners to Rapid Response Teams”, “Developing ICU NP Models of Care”, “Recruitment, Onboarding and Retention of ACNPs”, “Professional Practice Evaluation” and “Quality and Economic Impact of Adding NPs to Inpatient Care Teams”.

She holds several professional roles including: Fellow for the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Fellow for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Regional Director for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

She is an active member of the Tennessee Nurses Association and has served as past chair for the TN Government Affairs Committee and TN APRN Committee.

Dr. Kapu has been awarded VUMC “Transformational Nurse Leader of the Year” and Tennessee Hospital Association’s “Nurse of Clinical Distinction”. Dr. Kapu is the Program Director for Vanderbilt’s ACNP/PA Critical Care Boot Camp and was recently appointed by the Tennessee Governor for a special commission focused on pain and addiction treatment education. Dr. Kapu holds both a master’s and doctoral degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Dr. Zayna Khayat

NPAPN 2020, Speaker Zayna Khayat

Health Care in the Future: How will Advanced Practice Nurses Need to Respond?

Zayna Khayat is a Future Strategist with SE Health (formerly, Saint Elizabeth Health Care) a health and social impact enterprise with a major focus on keeping older adults healthy in their homes. Zayna is Faculty of Singularity University’ Exponential Medicine stream, and is adjunct faculty in the Health Sector Strategy stream at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Khayat was previously the lead of health system innovation at MaRS Discovery District, a health innovation hub in Toronto, Canada. In 2017 she was seconded to the REshape Innovation Centre at Radboud University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.

Zayna completed her Ph.D. in diabetes research from the University of Toronto (2001), followed by a career in strategy consulting, including as a Principal in the healthcare practice of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). She currently resides in Toronto with her husband and three children.

Dr. Melanie Rogers

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Global Development of APN Roles: Current and Future Impact of the ICN NP/APN Network

Dr Melanie Rogers is a University Teaching Fellow for Advanced Practice at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. She is also an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care as well as the Chair of the International Council of Nurses, Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse Network. She is a Queens Nurse having been awarded this title for her work in practice and education. She has worked as a nurse for over 25 years having trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. She has worked in many settings including acute medicine, endocrinology, gynecology, oncology and emergency care in the UK and Canada before training to be a Nurse Practitioner in 1998.

After pioneering the Nurse Practitioner role in the Yorkshire region she went on to develop the Advanced Practice routes at the University of Huddersfield. She set up and developed a local Nurse Practitioner forum, became active nationally in the Association of Advanced Practice Educators before serving on several Sub Groups with the ICN Nurse Practitioner Network. She was elected as Chair of this network earlier this year.
Dr Rogers is passionate about advanced practice as a way of providing the care needed at the point of need for patients. Her work and research has focused on how to provide truly holistic care to patients and her doctoral studies have led to a framework for Nurse Practitioners to help patients find hope, meaning and purpose during times of illness and challenge.

She has multiple publications on clinical aspects of advanced practice and has just published an edited book on Spiritually Competent Practice. Her recent research projects have included an international study with colleagues from the network on Job Satisfaction for Nurse Practitioners in Developed and Developing Countries and she is working closely with the ICN to continue to clarify and define the Advanced Practice roles for nurses.

David Stewart

ICN NP/APN 2020, keynote speaker David Stewart

Harnessing the Potential of Advanced Practice Nursing

David is a Consultant, Health and Nursing Policy, for the International Council of Nurses.
Prior to this role, he worked for the Queensland Government as a Director of Nursing in the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer.
He has over 22 years’ experience in the health and government sector. David has expertise in public policy development and management and has worked in governance and development roles.

Prof. Sheila Tlou

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The Role of Advanced Practice Nurses in Promoting Global Health

Prof. Sheila Tlou is Co-Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition and Co-Chair of Nursing Now Global Campaign. She is former UNAIDS Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa and former Minister of Health of Botswana. She is also former Professor of Nursing at the University of Botswana and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Primary Health Care for Anglophone Africa. 

In her past assignment as UNAIDS Regional Director, Prof. Tlou provided leadership and Political Advocacy for quality sustainable AIDS response in 21 African countries.

As Co-Chair of the Nursing Now campaign, she leads a global movement, run in collaboration with the World Health Organization and International Council of Nurses,  which aims to raise the status and profile of nursing, to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges and to maximise their contributions to ensuring that everyone everywhere has access to quality health and healthcare.

The Global HIV Prevention Coalition, initiated by UNAIDS and UNFPA, is borne out of the need to address the rise in new infections despite success in treatment and care in all countries across the world. There is commitment to reduce infections to fewer than 500 000 annually by 2020 and ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

Dr. Tlou holds a PhD in Nursing Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago., a Masters degree in Nursing Education and Instruction from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the Catholic University of America, and Bachelor of Nursing degree from Dillard University. She has many publications on Human rights and gender issues relating to HIV and AIDS, and has received many international awards for Leadership in Nursing and Global Health.


Strengthening Health Systems Integration of
Nurse Practitioner Roles: Examples from 3 Countries

Sponsored Lectureships

We thank our sponsors for supporting the following lectureships:

Dr. M. Consuelo Cerón Mackay

NPAPN 2020, Speaker Maria Consuelo Ceron Mackay

Strengthening Health Systems Integration of
Nurse Practitioner Roles: Examples from 3 Countries

Early in her professional career, Maria Consuelo Cerón Mackay has worked for 4 years as a nurse in an Intensive Care Unit in a Pediatric Hospital. She then joined the Nursing School at Universidad de los Andes as a faculty member to teach a Pediatric course, both in aula and clinical settings. For 2 years, she was seconded to work with the Vice-chancellor on different projects related to the development of the University. In 2010, Consuelo was appointed Director of the School of Nursing and then Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Universidad de los Andes (2015 to current). During her tenure as a Dean, her nursing School was granted 7 years of accreditation by the National Board of Accreditation of Chilean Universities. They opened the school of Midwifery and 5 new postgraduate programs. In the last five years, together with her responsibilities as a Dean, she has actively participated in the Chilean Association of Nursing Education and in the Technical Group Developing Competence of Advanced Practice Nursing in Latin-American Countries. Consuelo has lead the development of the first program of Advance Practice in her country and has been invited to deliver presentations about her experience at international meetings. In 2018, she was actively involved in the advisory table of the Ministry of Health for the establishment of the human recourses needed for cancer management in Chile, which is part of the Cancer National Plan in Chile. Consuelo is also a Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania and leading the research team for the Project RN4CAST-Chile.

Tanya King

NPAPN 2020 invited speaker, Tanya King

Strengthening Health Systems Integration of
Nurse Practitioner Roles: Examples from 3 Countries

Mrs Tanya King is Deputy Chief Nursing Officer in the Irish Department of Health since November 2018 with responsibility for the policy areas of Advanced Practice, Education and Regulation.

Prior to this appointment Tanya was Director of Nursing in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital from August 2014 and concurrently appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in May 2016. An acute 600 bed hospital, it is the national centre for cardiac surgery, heart and lung transplantation, extra corporeal life support (ECLS), spinal injuries, pulmonary hypertension, bone anchored hearing aid and accommodates the National Isolation Unit.

Tanya spent her clinical career working in a variety of roles as a specialist in Oncology.

In addition to her Degree in Nursing Studies (1998) she holds diplomas in counselling (1985), teaching (1988) and quality and leadership (2017). She completed her Master’s in Healthcare Management in 2006 and was awarded a Fellowship by examination from the Faculty of Nursing of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in December 2019.

In July 2019, the Irish Department of Health published a Policy on The Development of Graduate to Advanced Nursing and Midwifery practice.  

This policy addresses the way we utilise our skilled and knowledgeable nursing and midwifery workforce by changing the way we educate, train and deploy nurses and midwives from graduate to advanced level. Having been part of the policy development team from inception to publication, Tanya is now working to ensure its implementation across the Irish Health Service.

Dr. Natasha Prodan-Bhalla

ICN NP/APN 2020 Natasha Prodan-Bhalla

Strengthening Health Systems Integration of
Nurse Practitioner Roles: Examples from 3 Countries

Natasha is the Chief Nurse and Professional Practice Officer in the Ministry of Health in British Columbia, Canada. Prior to joining the Ministry, she was the Collaborative Practice Leader for Nurse Practitioners with the Provincial Health Services Authority and still works as a Nurse Practitioner at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre one day a week in the Heart Program for Women and the Access Clinic.

Natasha completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado focusing on influencing health care policy and health systems change. She holds a Master of Nursing / Adult Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Toronto with a minor in the Ethnic and Pluralism Collaborative Program and completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario. Natasha holds a post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from the University of Massachusetts, is a North American Menopause Practitioner, and holds a Cardiovascular Nursing Certification from the Canadian Nursing Association.

She has provided over a decade of leadership with the BC Nurse Practitioner Association and was the lead for the association’s work on primary care transformation in BC. She has been a member of the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC since its inception and was a founding board member.

Her research and clinic interests include women’s health, obesity, and health equity.

Dr. Janet S. Fulton

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Current Status and Future Directions for the Intern. Development of Clinical Nurse Specialist Roles

Janet S. Fulton PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FCNS, FAAN is Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, and a certified clinical nurse specialist, her specialty practice is oncology.

As an educator, Dr. Fulton has lead clinical nurse specialist graduate programs at two universities, and has received significant grant funding to design and deliver a distance education program, Learn Where You Live: A Distance Accessible Program for Clinical Nurse Specialists.  She currently serves as editor of Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Her research includes studies on the role and practice of the clinical nurse specialist.  She is the author/editor of books and articles on advanced nursing practice/clinical nurse specialist practice.  Two textbooks were recognized with the prestigious American Journal of Nursing, Book of the Year Award in the advanced practice nursing category:  Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist 2nd Edition, 2014, (Fulton, Lyon & Goudreau, Eds.) 1st place distinction and The Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit 2nd Edition, 2015 (Duffy, Dresser & Fulton, Eds.) 2nd place distinction.

Dr. Fulton has served on boards and committees for national and international professional organizations including President, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.  Dr. Fulton received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, Ohio), a master’s of science in nursing from the University of Cincinnati, and a PhD from The Ohio State University.  She is a fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nurse Educators, an inaugural fellow in the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute, and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

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Dr. Frances Wong

Frances Wong

Advanced Practice Nursing Outcomes and Future Priorities in Hong Kong and Mainland China

Dr Frances Kam Yuet Wong is a nursing professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has extensive clinical experience in the Intensive Care Unit, renal care and general medicine.

Her research work and publications are in the areas of advanced nursing practice, transitional care and nursing education. She has published over 150 refereed articles, edited 3 books and her works have been widely cited with an h-index of 25.

Her total research funding amounts to over US $4 million. Exemplary works of such efforts include the development and empirical testing of transitional care models for different patient groups including those who have cardiac, renal, respiratory, stroke conditions and palliative needs, service models for advanced practising nurses and accreditation guidelines for nurse clinics.

Locally at the government level, she is a Member of the Nursing Council, Hong Kong. Steering Committee on Primary Healthcare Development and Steering Committee on Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. Cross the region, Dr Wong is appointed by the government as a Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Hygiene and Health Cooperation Expert Consultant; and she is the leader (Hong Kong) of the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area hygiene and health cooperation project: Guangdong-Hong Kong APN training and credentialing project”.

She has visiting professor appointments in a number of key universities including McMaster University in Canada, Shanghai Xiaotung University, Sunyatsun University, Xichuan University in China. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. At present, she is the President of the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing.

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