Recognizing “the need to develop a collective body of nurse leaders from the American Pacific Region to improve nursing practice in this region …”, the American Pacific Nursing Leaders’ Council (APNLC) held its first meeting at the University of Hawaii in June 1978 with 21 nurses from the Pacific Islands Jurisdiction in attendance.
As defined in the By-Laws (revised in June 1994 and updated in 1995-2001), “American Pacific Basin” includes American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), Federated States of Micronesia (Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, Yap), Guam, Hawaii, Republic of the Marshall Islands (Ebeye, Majuro), and the Republic of Palau.
“Jurisdiction” refers to each of the following islands: American Samoa, Chuuk, CNMI, Guam, Hawaii, Kosrae, Marshall Islands, Palau, Pohnpei, and Yap.
“Purposes”, according to Article II, are
- to provide a communication mechanism for nursing leaders.
- To discuss problems confronting nurses in the American Pacific Basin.
- To examine solutions to problems or resolutions to issues in the American Pacific Basin.
- To explore educational needs of nurses in the American Pacific Basin.
- To share the expertise of nurse members both from within and from within the membership.
- To develop and implement strategic plans for issues of importance to help nursing and health care within the APNLC jurisdictions.
- Take a stand on health care issues affecting nursing in the Pacific Basin.
“Functions”, according to Article III, are
- To convene the delegates and other interested nurses once a year.
- To maintain a communication network for achieving the identified purposes.
- To develop and implement plans and assist each jurisdiction in problem solving regarding issues facing nurses and nursing in the American Pacific Basin.