Nurse Practitioner Merger

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Nurse Practitioner Merger

Working together to achieve their goals

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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Two leading groups of nurse practitioners have announced a merger that awaits only final approval by their respective memberships. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) have agreed to combine the two groups in order to concentrate their efforts to advance policy goals, healthcare reform, professional growth, education and research.

Part of the Solution

The AANP, founded in 1985, is the largest and oldest professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. It currently represents over 155,000 practicing NPs in the United States. The American College of Nurse Practitioners, founded in 1993, publishes The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

According to AANP President Angela Golden, DNP, “There has never been a better time for the consolidation of our organizations. Healthcare is at the center of the national agenda and NPs are a vital part of the solution to the healthcare crisis facing our country today."   


California is among 23 states that allows nurse practitioners to act as primary care providers without a doctor's supervision. This is a good thing because Los Angeles has an acute shortage of primary care physicians. As of 2011, there were about 16,000 nurse practitioners statewide, a 16 percent increase from five years ago, according to figures from the California BRN.
       — Los Angeles Times

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