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Nurse Practitioner and AANP History

About the AANP History Committee

To ensure its enduring availability to future generations of nurse practitioners (NPs), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) History Committee is dedicated to gathering, curating and preserving information and artifacts related to the history of the NP role and the professional associations that support it. Our rich history paints a picture of the great successes that NPs have achieved and the invaluable contributions we have made to the health of our nation. Preserving documents on a state-by-state, national and international level and developing a database which identifies where historical information is stored or archived will increase access to this information and serve as inspiration for future successes. The AANP History Committee wants to encourage all researchers and NP organizations to participate by continually adding to our historical knowledge base.

View the Committee Charge

Portrait of a Nurse

NP Pulse Podcast Episodes Featuring NP Pioneers

Loretta Ford featured in Growing Bolder

Featured State History

This section is dedicated to the rich and unique NP history that each state boasts. Check back regularly for new featured states!

Want to see your state featured?

Tell Us where to find historical information in your state:

Report a Repository

Featured Historic Interview

This section features a select interview of a promonent NP. All interviews were originally published in the FAANP Forum. Check back regularly for new featured interviews!

Read the Interview

Do You Know Where to Find Pieces of NP History?

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) History Committee is searching for photographs, artifacts or repositories related to NPs, the NP role, AANP or other NP associations from the 1960s through present day.

Some examples might include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Contact information for state or local repositories or archives that include NP history.
  • Photographs of NPs and photographs from early NP conferences and key events.
  • Copies of seminal articles or studies.
  • Medical devices, books or other artifacts owned or used by influential NP leaders.
  • Signed bills, proclamations or other documentation of legislative advancement.

Tell Us About a Repository or Historical Archive in Your Area:

Report a Repository

Submit Historical Documents or Photos:

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Mail Physical Artifacts, Documents or Photos To:

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
History Committee
5901 Vega Avenue
Suite 200
Austin, TX 78735

Thank you for your interest in donating a historical item to AANP. Before you donate, please keep in mind the following guidelines: (1) your item(s) must be consistent with and relevant to AANP’s stated purpose, scope and activities; (2) item(s) must have clear title and be free of copyright restrictions; (3) item(s) donated to AANP are irrevocable upon the formal and physical transfer to AANP; (4) item(s) acquired by gift or bequest to AANP will remain in AANP’s possession for as long as they retain their physical integrity and authenticity, and as long as they remain useful for AANP’s purposes; (5) all legal instruments of conveyance and warranty of title, signed by the donor and setting forth an adequate description of the items involved and the precise conditions of the transfer, shall accompany all donations.