Introducing the APN Task force
Established 50 years ago today, the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) role continues to emerge and evolve around the world. APNs are licensed, expert clinicians with advanced education (most have master’s and many have doctorate degrees) and extensive clinical preparation who provide primary, acute and specialty health care services. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, “there are more than 205,000 APNs licensed to practice in the United States.” In addition to providing a full range of services, APNs work as partners with their patients, guiding them to make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices.
Looking Beyond, we have a growing number of Indian Nurse Practitioners and other Advanced Practice Nurses in the United States. With this in mind, NAINA Board of Directors recently met to discuss the APNs’ ability to master the complex needs of healthcare. The result of this meeting was the creation of an initiative which will help gather resources that maximize development and increase an APN’s impact on his/her community and global health at large. The initiative will serve as a platform for the increasing numbers of APNs to identify and share their expertise and to enhance the professional growth of their fellow nurses.
Almost ten years after the creation of this organization, we have grown in areas of chapter establishment, mentorship, research, education, leadership conferences, awards, scholarships, and research grants. As a professional association, NAINA believes that this new APN initiative will spark a flow of ideas that will proactively work towards maintaining a healthy profession that advocates for the needs of our fellow minority Advanced Practice Nurses.
The members of the Task force are
Sara Gabriel, MSN,MBA,RN- President , NAINA-USA
Lydia H Albuquerque MSN,RN,ACNP-BC, CCRN
Jacqueline Michael , PhD,APRN,WHNP-BC
Omana Simon, DNP, FNP-BC
Solymole Kuruvilla, PhD,ACNP-BC
Varsha Singh, MSN,APN-BC