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Merged Organization Announces Three National Conferences for NPs of All Specialties

AUSTIN, TX (January 3) -- Unifying the voices of nurse practitioners (NPs) nationwide, The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has officially launched, creating the largest professional membership organization in the country for NPs of all specialties. The new entity is the result of a merger on January 1, 2013 between The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and The American College of Nurse Practitioners.

To set the course for 2013, AANP has planned three conferences that offer NPs valuable educational and networking opportunities:

  • The 2013 National Nurse Practitioner Health Policy Conference taking place February 24-26 in Washington, D.C., will focus on policy information of vital importance to NP practice.
  • The AANP National Conference will bring NPs to Las Vegas June 19-23 and feature numerous skill enhancement workshops and continuing education programs.
  • The AANP Specialty and Leadership Conference, scheduled for October 2-6 in Las Vegas, will help NPs in specialty tracks enhance skills that are important for the care of a growing number of patients.

"We are pleased to offer NPs this range of opportunities to help them continue representing the best of their profession in 2013," said David Hebert, CEO, AANP. "The conferences are only the beginning of what this new organization seeks to achieve."

"NPs are poised to gain myriad benefits as a result of the consolidation that created the new entity," said Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, President, AANP. "Beyond additional conference opportunities, our members will see a greater NP presence in the national health care dialogue."

Prepared at the graduate level, NPs provide primary and acute health care services. In addition to being expert clinicians, NPs guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices.


  The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the oldest and largest national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties. Created in 1985, it represents the interests of approximately 155,000 NPs across the country, 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.