Las Vegas – The American Association of Nurse Practitioners Political Action Committee (AANP-PAC) is expected to benefit from the recent merger of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) into a single national unified NP organization that is more than 46,000 NPs strong.

“The merger allows the NP community to speak with one voice,” AANP-PAC Chair Penny Kaye Jensen, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, FNAP, said at the AANP 2013 National Conference, adding the organization’s fundraising goal is 100% member participation.

“The more we raise, the louder our voice. To ensure that AANP is heard not only in Washington, D.C., but also across the country, AANP-PAC must be fully supported,” Jensen said.

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The purpose of the AANP-PAC is to educate policy makers about issues that impact NPs and their patients, she explained, as well as to support political candidates that “understand the needs of NPs and their patients.”

The bipartisan committee hosts and attends Congressional fundraising events and is committed to contribute funding to political candidates in both the Democratic and Republican parties. Funding is managed from PAC Trustees encompassing six U.S. geographical regions: North Central, Pacific, Southwest, South Central, Mid Atlantic and Southeast.

All AANP members and their family members are eligible to fund the AANP-PAC. To find out more about the committee or how to become an AANP member visit the website at