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On February 15, 2018, nurse practitioners and their patients lost a true and valued friend. It is with deep sorrow that we let you know William David LaFevers, AANP Missouri state representative, passed away from cardiac complications. Not only was Dave a great friend to so many of us and a passionate NP, he brought consistency and calm to the health care debate, ensuring that nurse practitioners were well represented whenever health care discussions were being held.
Dr. LaFevers’ leadership capabilities were evident in the many initiatives that he undertook, mentoring nurses and NP students at the Missouri APRN Day held at the Capitol every year from 2008 – 2017; presenting at regional, state and national meetings; utilizing his skills as a JAANP reviewer from 2013 – 2018; and holding his position as AANP Missouri State Representative from 2015 – 2018. He established strong relationships through his work with NONPF, MONA, APNO and AACN, providing leadership by chairing numerous committees and think tanks and mentoring the next generation of NPs.
In memory of our friend, we are sharing a short conversation with Dave from the AANP 2015 National Conference.
Dave will be missed beyond words. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jan, daughter Abby and son-in-law Zeb. We will provide more information as arrangements are made.