National nurse practitioner organizations announce merger

National nurse practitioner organizations announce merger
National nurse practitioner organizations announce merger

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners will join forces as one consolidated national organization -- the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) -- effective Jan. 1, 2013.

The ongoing primary-care physician shortage along with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which is expected to add 30 million previously uninsured Americans to the health care system, are two factors prompting the merger, the organizations said in a press release.

“The nurse practitioner community has made it clear that they support this alliance and share our vision for one entity that represents the very best of what we have to offer as health care providers,” Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, current President of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners said in a press release. “Coming together better serves our members and benefits our patients who need nurse practitioners nowmore than ever.”

“Today's health care environment demands more efficiency and innovation as we look to control costs and improve outcomes,” said Jill Olmstead, MSN, NP-C, President of the American College of Nurse Practitioners. “This consolidation exemplifies how collaboration and future-forward thinking can bring about positive changes across the health care spectrum.”

Effective immediately, David Hebert, who has been serving as Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Nurse Practitioners, will begin serving as CEO of AANP. Angela Golden, currently serving as President of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, will retain her position through June 2013. Dr. Ken Miller, currently the American College of Nurse Practitioners' president-elect, will become the co-president with Dr. Golden at the AANP conference in June 2013.

A full list of AANP board members effective Jan. 1, 2013, is available here.

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