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AANP Inaugurates New President at National Conference

Dr. Cindy Cooke Brings Unique Perspective as an Alabama-based Army Nurse Practitioner

AUSTIN, TX (June 15, 2015) – The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners in the country, today inaugurated Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP as the new President of its Board of Directors. The ceremony took place in New Orleans at the AANP National Conference, the largest annual gathering of nurse practitioners in the country.

A highly experienced civilian Army clinician and nursing leader who lives and works in Brownsboro, Alabama, Dr. Cooke brings to her new role at AANP expertise from over twelve years of practice at the Fox Army Health Center in Huntsville. Here, she long provided primary care services to active duty and retired military personnel and their families, and worked with victims of sexual assault. She's also served on the Clinical Faculty at Ball State University and precepted students from the University of Alabama Huntsville.

Dr. Cooke takes over for Ken Miller, PhD, RN, CFNP, FAAN, FAANP, who now transitions to Immediate Past President of AANP.

Dr. Cooke counts the health care needs of veterans as among her top priorities as AANP President, but plans to be a voice for all nurse practitioners, regardless of the health care setting or area in which they practice.

"We at AANP are a unifying voice for the more than 205,000 licensed nurse practitioners who meet the critical needs of patients each and every day," said Dr. Cooke. "It's an honor and a privilege to serve my fellow nurse practitioners and advocate for our collective role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive and personalized health care."

Dr. Cooke was the founding President of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA), formed to unify the state nurse practitioner organizations and strengthen the voice of the profession legislatively. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Alabama Birmingham; a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Alabama Huntsville; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Nurse practitioners play a critical role in health care delivery across the United States. With prior preparation and experience as registered nurses (RNs), plus graduate and often doctoral-level degrees, they provide primary care, as well as acute and specialty care. Nurse practitioners offer many of the same services as physicians, but with a distinct, holistic approach that’s been proven effective, as shown by substantial, independent research studies demonstrating excellent outcomes and patient satisfaction.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 205,000 NPs, including more than 61,000 individual members and 200 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers.
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