What is known about the concept of capability as applied to advanced practice nursing and advanced practice nursing education?
The population for this review is advanced practice nurses who have completed graduate education and have an expanded scope of practice beyond that of a generalist or specialist registered nurse.
The concept of interest for this review is capability as an individual attribute or set of attributes. For the purposes of this review we are using a working definition of individual capability as a combination of knowledge, skills, experience, and competencies that enable advanced practice nurses to provide appropriate care for patients in both familiar and unfamiliar clinical settings or scenarios.
We will consider capability in any setting related to the development of individual attributes in advanced practice nursing, education, leadership, and research. Studies in which the authors consider capability at an organizational or logistical level only will be excluded. Our search will consider global sources and settings.