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Dear Colleagues:

I hope everyone has had a wonderful and re-energizing holiday and best wishes for the new year.  As President, I am very excited about the work and future of NONPF. As an organization we have created strong NP programs that prepare future providers for the challenges ahead.  However, we have entered unknown territory about the future of health care in this country.  This is not a time to be complacent or think that we have achieved the level of recognition that we have earned.  There are many threats and we will need to be advocates to ensure strong support for education and a system of health care that is truly patient centered providing high quality care. 

NONPF has worked diligently to develop competencies, form alliances with other organizations, and be on the cutting edge of NP education. The upcoming 2017 annual meeting will be in Washington DC--the hub of policy making.  This meeting will provide important updates to efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and discuss the impact those efforts may have.  You will not want to miss this opportunity to learn about future policy issues as well as be part of important conversations with colleagues about strategies to address opportunities and threats.  

I also want to share important change in leadership of NONPF.  After 21 years of service Kitty Werner had a wonderful opportunity that she could not pass up and we will be having a recognition of her vast contribution at the April meeting.  Jean Johnson PhD, RN, FAAN has stepped in to fill the executive director position until the end of February when we hope a new CEO will take the helm. The Board has approved elevating the title from executive director to CEO.

In the mean time, work continues.  Building on the work of curriculum committee progress indicators for NP students at the time they enter clinical as well as when they complete their program are being defined. The Board reaffirmed its support for the evolution of nurse practitioner education to the doctoral level with the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. 

In addition, the Adult Gerontology Acute Care and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies has been completed and is available on our Website.  The 5th Edition of the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs was competed in July of 2016 and is also available on our Website. 

I want to thank all of our members who have given their time and energy to support NONPF.  This is a member driven organization and the participation of our members has always given the organization extraordinary strength.  I hope that members will plan to come to the April meeting April 19-23 in DC. 

Best wishes for a new year,

Anne Thomas PhD, ANP-BC, GNP, FAANP

President, NONPF