Miss Anja Fierens (President)

RNC, MSc, ANP, Fachweiterbildung Anästhesie-und Intensivpflege

I trained as a paediatric nurse at the university hospital in Muenster, Germany. After graduation I worked for 6 years on their combined NICU/PICU/CICU ward and completed my paediatric intensive care course from 2003-2005. In 2006 I was ready for a new challenge and moved to London, UK. I worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for the last 7 years, moving through various positions; Junior Staff Nurse PICU, Senior Staff Nurse PICU and CATS (Children’s Acute Transport Service); Tracheal and Thoracic Clinical Nurse Specialist. My passion is advanced nursing practice, nursing education and building sustainable health care programs in developing world countries. I have joined the „International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF)“ on medical mission trips to Iraq, Russia and Macedonia.

I recently moved back to Germany and I am hoping to be part of the motion towards sustainable advanced practice nursing in Germany. This subgroup was initiated by my desire to invite more internationally placed (german and non-german speaking) ANP to discuss  APN  in Germany and how is can be implemented in to practice. I strongly believe that hands-on-advanced-nursing-practice is needed in Germany to draw back all the fantastic German nurses who are hiding in English speaking countries until Germany is ready for them.


Miss Daniela Lehwaldt

RGN RNT cand.Ph.D. MScN PGDipCHSE BNS (Hons) Fachweiter-bildung Anästhesie-und Intensivpflege

I am a Registered General Nurse (RGN) with extensive experience in clinical practice and education. I have worked many years on various Intensive Care Units in Germany and in Ireland. As native German, I trained and worked for several years in Germany before moving abroad. My experience as Advanced Nurse Practitioner I gained in Dublin in the Cardio-Thoracic Surgery area. Today I work as a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences at Dublin City University, where I teach undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students. I enjoy working with students, preparing them for practice and engaging in nursing research.

My latest publications relate to nurse education and advanced practice nursing roles and profiles. I am an active member of the German Networking Group Deutsches Netzwerk APN & ANP e.V. since 2011. I serve on the board and as International Coordinator. I am the Co-Chair for the Subgroup ‘Practice’ of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Nurse Practitioner / Advanced Practice Nursing Networking Group. For my experience in cardiac nursing and for my work with the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals (CCNAP), I was recently awarded Nurse Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology.

I hope that my experience and international perspectives will contribute positively towards the work of the AFG – APN International.

Miss Simona Inkrot 

Kia ora and hello everyone. I am Simone Inkrot, was born in rural northwestern Germany and have been a member of the German Network “Deutsches Netzwerk APN & ANP e.V.” since 2010.

I went to New Zealand in 1998 and completed my Bachelor of Nursing at the Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton in 2002. I did my Masters of Science in Nursing at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and am in the process of completing my PhD in Nursing Science there. My main interests are heart failure, self-care, and self-rated health. I have worked as a nurse in Hamilton (NZ), London, Münster and Berlin. My last position in Germany was as cardiology research fellow. I returned to New Zealand in December 2012 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Waikato District Health Board to set up a nurse-led heart failure service for the Hauraki/Thames/Coromandel region, and am currently running the service up there, with the support of our Hamilton-based cardiologists.

I joined the AFG ANP International to support the continuing development of ANP in Germany. I believe we can learn from and support each other and together we can move this mission forward – the mission to establish ANP in Germany as a working reality for the benefit our patients.

Contact: simona [dot] inkrot [at] waikatodhb [dot] health [dot] nz


Miss Brigitte Grissom


I obtained my basic nursing education in Wuerzburg, Germany and graduated with a diploma in nursing in 1983. Since 1985, I have been practicing in the United States, first in North Carolina, then in various hospitals in Texas. In 1992 I became board-certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and have worked in level 3 NICUs providing care to critically ill premature infants and neonates from 24 weeks gestation to term. Since 2013, I am working as a NNP at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany as part of the Department of Defense and caring for sick and well newborns of American service members and civilians stationed in Europe.

I very much enjoy the hands-on clinical aspect of my job, but also am enthusiastic about teaching nursing and ancillary staff in our NICU and mother-baby unit.  As the only STABLE instructor for the American Healthcare community within Germany and as a regional NRP instructor, I am excited to be able to interact with staff across the region and assist with improving neonatal care.
I would like to learn more about the APN role in neonatal intensive and well care within Europe and am looking forward to interesting exchanges and networking opportunities with other members of the AFG-APN International community.


Miss Elke Keinath

RGN, BSc (Hons), APN

I trained in Germany and worked afterwards for a couple of years in general surgical and urological settings. In the late 1990s I moved to London, where I worked initially as a staff nurse in urology before changing into cardiothoracic surgery at Guy’s and St. Thomas Hospital. I became a senior staff nurse on their thoracic surgical ward. After nearly 4 years was it time to move on and I became an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Thoracic Surgery at Harefield Hospital, which is part of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Trust NHS Trust. I greatly enjoyed working at an advanced level with patients, their families and staff – particularly the educational aspects.

Early in 2010 I moved back to Germany to be closer to my family. Since April 2010 I am employed as a ‘Pflegeexpertin APN’ at the Florence-Nightingale Hospital in Düsseldorf- Kaiserswerth. This role aims to develop and implement Advanced Nursing Practice (ANP) in a general surgical setting.

My interests lie promoting the possibilities of advanced nursing practice in Germany. Next to the undoubtable benefits to patients and their families, ANP gives colleagues the opportunity to experience a clinically-focused career in nursing.

Miss Kathryn Taylor


I obtained my BA in modern languages (specializing in German and Spanish) from McGill University in Montréal, Canada and my BScN from the University of Toronto in Canada. From 1988 to 2008 I worked in a variety of nursing settings in both Ontario, Canada and Colorado, USA. During these years I gained clinical experience working in public health nursing, school health nursing, pediatric medical and surgical nursing, and inpatient adult mental health nursing. In 2008 I graduated with my MSN in psychiatric nursing and have worked as a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in outpatient adult mental health clinics in Colorado, USA and at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. I have also worked as a clinical lecturer in psychiatry for bachelor level nursing students and as a clinical mentor for a student completing his master level clinical experience in psychiatry. In late 2013 I moved back to Canada and currently work in Ottawa, Ontario as a Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. During my stay in Germany I became acquainted with the Deutsches Netzwerk APN & ANP e.V. and have been a member since 2011. I enjoy contributing to the promotion and advancement of nursing and advanced practice nursing in clinical and educational settings. I hope that my background and international experience will be helpful to the goals of AFG – APN International.

Mister Soeren Hammermueller


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