Advanced Practice Nursing in the United States
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The formation of a national association in the United States to represent all nurse practitioners (NPs) regardless of specialty has been a process of seeking out opportunities and facing challenges. From humble beginnings in the mid-1980s, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has grown to nearly 100,000 members representing over 270,000 NPs. AANP provides leadership through grassroots efforts and coalitions at the national, state, and community levels to advance the agenda of NPs, including influencing legislation for payment for NPs from programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, the ability for NPs to prescribe medication-assisted treatments for opioid abuse disorders, and input from practice to the advanced practice nursing Consensus Model. AANP continues to be an agent for reform in the US health system by representing NPs who render high-quality cost-effective care.
KeywordsAmerican Association of Nurse Practitioners Grassroots Coalition building Nurse practitioners Leadership
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