Advanced practice

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) National Framework for Advanced Nursing Practice defines advanced practice nursing as an umbrella term describing a role that maximizes graduate education, in-depth nursing knowledge and clinical expertise to address health needs at an individual, family, community and population level. Two advanced practice nursing roles are recognized in Canada, the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and the nurse practitioner (NP) (CNA, 2008).  The Winnipeg Health Region has endorsed the Strong Model of Advanced Practice as the framework to guide and describe advanced practice nursing in all regional settings.

View the Strong Model of Advanced Practice Framework


Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit

Nurse Practitioner Toolkit

RPN Toolkit

Learning Needs Assessment

W-00295 Clinical Nurse Specialist Learning Needs Assessment

W-00294 Nurse Practitioner Learning Needs Assessment

Position Descriptions

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nurse Practitioner

Key References for:

Clinical Nurse Specialist


Nurse Practitioners


CNS Core Competencies

Strengthening the Role of the CNS in Canada Background

Strengthening the Role of the CNS in Canada Summary Report