It is a privilege to serve as the President of NONPF, the leading organization solely dedicated to promoting high quality NP education.
I was excited to meet so many of you during our April conference on Steering NP Education Toward the Future and our inaugural Faculty Institute for Novices and Experts in December. Both conferences themes were timely in light of our commitment to move all NP education to the DNP degree by 2025. NONPF has been a leader in the DNP movement since the early 2000s. As you are aware, we have set a goal for the DNP to be entry into practice for NPs by 2025. We launched our 2025 goal at a December 2017 summit in Washington D.C with 34 NP stakeholders from across the nation, representing nearly 20 practice, licensure, accreditation, certification, and education organizations. We are working strategically with our partners and have formed workgroups to strengthen outcomes data, address workforce capacity issues, and clarify curriculum models and messaging.
In a joint initiative, NONPF, AACN, AANP and UnitedHealth Group have formed two Bridge to Academic-Practice Partnerships workgroups. We have been meeting over the past year to identify best practices to support students and new graduates as lifelong learners navigating the complexities of the current and future healthcare environment.
We have a released several user-friendly features on our website, a monthly NONPF News blast to help you stay current, two new position papers on the need for NP faculty practice and telehealth, and a toolkit on patient-centered transgender health. With support from our Giving Campaign, the fourth cohort of NP faculty leaders is immersed in the Leadership Mentoring Program
Central to our mission and vision, a key organizational goal is to champion a culture of diversity and inclusivity in NONPF and across NP education programs. NONPF believes that intentional, deliberate efforts to increase racial and ethnic diversity among NP faculty will benefit students, staff, and faculty. A recent NONPF position paper calls for greater racial and ethnic diversity in nurse practitioner education, and we featured an important keynote address on Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, and Diversity in NP Education at our December faculty institute.
I am looking forward to seeing you at our 45th Annual Meeting in Atlanta April 4-7, 2019 in Atlanta. The 2019 NONPF Conference Planning Committee has done a wonderful job of organizing a program that supports the theme of “DNP 2025: Making the Vision a Reality.” This year’s conference will provide rich program content, opportunities for networking with faculty from other institutions, and access to new resources from NONPF.
I want to thank all of you who have given time and energy to support NONPF. This is a member-driven organization and your participation has always given NONPF extraordinary strength. I am honored to serve as your president.
Lorna Finnegan, PhD, FNP, FAAN