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In Memory of Dr. Judith Dempster
1943 – 2016
First Executive Director of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Judith Dempster, DNSc, FNP, FAANP, passed away in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, after a lengthy illness. Dr. Dempster was a friend, colleague and advocate for NP-delivered health care for more than 40 years, and she served as an exemplary leader who advanced the NP role.

Dempster was president of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) from 1992 – 1994. In 1996 she became the first executive director of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, serving until her retirement in 2009. She was also the executive director of the AANP Foundation from its inception in 1998 until retiring in 2010.

Throughout her many years of service, Dempster guided the development, implementation and growth of AANP strategic initiatives, including international activities, the AANP Certification Program and a corporate partner council. She was also instrumental in the creation of the AANP Fellows program. Dempster represented AANP and NPs on numerous national advisory boards, steering committees and special initiatives with other organizations and agencies. At one time, she was a DHHS Primary Care Policy Fellow.

In 2015, Dempster received the Sharp Cutting Edge Award from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, honoring her for many years of leadership through innovative services, technologies and advocacy activities that advanced NP practice and patient care. The Dempster Practice Behaviors Scale, an instrument she developed, has been translated into several languages. Research derived by using her tool has been instrumental in propelling NPs toward autonomous practice. Dempster's many commendable efforts contributed to improvements and paved the way for advances in NP practice.

Although she received many awards and was honored numerous times for her leadership and expertise in advancing the NP role, Dempster claimed that her biggest achievement and proudest moment was when she became a grandmother – life just did not get any better than that!

It is with a heavy heart - one filled with gratitude, love and devotion - that we honor our friend and colleague Judith Dempster.