International Conference for Nurse Practitioner / Advanced Practice Nursing

About us

Many European countries are very much interested to start developing advanced practice nursing roles within their own healthcare system.
For this reason several universities have already started negotiations on cooperation with other universities on the development of Master Advanced Nursing Practice schools in their own country. For these countries, the Netherlands as a host of the ICN NP/APN Conference 2018, is a great opportunity to come over, meet colleagues and share experiences within the venue of Rotterdam, where we symbolize the entry of Advanced Practice for Europe. Our medical centers are more than willing to open their doors for the visitors of the conference and to show them how they implement the nurse practitioner as one of the key professionals.

Local Organising Committee


Prof. dr. P.F. (Petrie) Roodbol RN, PhD

Professor Petrie F. Roodbol is passionate for nursing care in all their aspects with a working career of almost 45 years. On this moment she is the Director and the Dean of the Wenckebach institute of the University Medical Centre Groningen: the Post Graduate School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Health, Facilities, Skills Centre and a Training Centre for Communication and Leadership. She is also a Professor of Nursing Science at the University Medical Centre and at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen. Her special field of interest is innovation, education and positioning/identify of nurses. She is one of the founding mothers of the Nurse Practitioners in the Netherlands. The first program started in 1998 with 16 students. In 2015 there are master programs in nine cities with over the 300 students. Meanwhile there are over the 2500 officially registered nurse practitioners in the Netherlands. There is special legislation including prescriptive authority, reimbursement. Petrie is the past chair of the APN network of the International Council of Nursing. She is has an extended network, nationally and internationally as a member of several national and international committees. She was active in the development of Skillscenters in Tanzania and she is responsible of the development of postgraduate courses for nurses in the Caribbean (Curacao). She received several awards: a national award for the implementation of the Nurse Practitioner and an educational award for the innovation of the educational programs for nurses in the North of the Netherlands.



M.C.A. (Riet) van Dommelen RN, MBA, MSc

Riet van Dommelen started her career as a RN in 1984 with a special interest in mental health. After finishing several advanced courses in mental health care and psychotherapy, she had her practice in community mental health care and was project leader, guiding several innovation projects in mental health care. In 1995 she finished a MSc program in Politics and Decision-making. Additionally, she is registered as a counselor and coach in 2002. In 2012 she finished a MBA in Management and Organization at the TiasNimbas business and leadership school. Since 2004 she is course director of the Master Advanced Nursing Practice program at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht. This MANP program collaborates in partnership with more than 60 medical centers in the whole area of health care in the Netherlands. With 120 students in the program, Utrecht is the largest MANP school in the Netherlands, and it provides a special mental healthcare program for more than 30 students a year. From 2007-2014 she was a member of the national board organizing the title protection for nurse practitioners. In this board the most important decisions for advanced nursing in the Netherlands are made. She is still involved in national and international networks and committees in healthcare and advanced nursing.




dr. J.W.B. (Jeroen) Peters RN, MSc, PhD

Jeroen Peters received his RN degree from the HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, his MScN degree from the Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands, and his PhD degree from the Erasmus MC University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His research focused on assessment and treatment of pain in infants and (mentally disabled) children. He is currently program director of and research at the Master Advanced Nursing Practice at the HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, the Netherlands and chair of the Dutch College of Program Directors Master Advanced Nursing Practice schools. His research now focusses on efficacy of blended learning, and on individual education profiles. Additional activities are: member of Dutch Registration College Nurse Practitioners, and chairman of the board of a primary education school.








Contact information

Conference secretariat ICN NP/APN Conference 2018
Leids Congres Bureau
Tel: +31 (0) 71 202 03 03
[email protected]


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