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, a timely conference theme 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, and 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 to strengthen outcomes data, address workforce capacity issues, and clarify curriculum models and messaging.
We also launched a partnership among practice and education stakeholders to discuss how we can work together to create an environment that supports optimal transition to NP practice. We are moving forward steadily with that work to bridge academic-practice partnerships and 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 new, user-friendly website, 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 began 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. At our December conference, we will feature an important keynote address on Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, and Diversity in NP Education.
I hope to see you at our inaugural Faculty Institute for Novices and Experts on December 6 and 7, 2018 in Bethesda. Through interactive workshops targeted to novice, mid-level, and experienced faculty, there are multiple opportunities for you to expand your and expertise as NP faculty preparing clinicians to transform healthcare in this rapidly-changing landscape of NP education and practice.
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