Two professional associations representing nurse practitioners have announced plans to merge, creating a newly formed organization of roughly 40,000 members.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners will be known as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, according to a news release
David Hebert, who in January was named CEO of the American College of Nurse Practitioners, will be CEO of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Angela Golden, who began a two-year term as president of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in June, will serve as president of the newly formed organization until June 2013, when she will become co-president with American College of Nurse Practitioners' president-elect Ken Miller.
“The nurse-practitioner community has made it clear that they support this alliance and share our vision for one entity that represents the very best of what we have to offer as healthcare providers,” Golden said in the release. “Coming together better serves our members and benefits our patients who need nurse practitioners now more than ever.”
Nurse practitioners, who have master's degrees or doctorates in nursing, are expected to be in high demand in coming years, given looming primary-care physician shortages and the tens of millions of newly insured Americans.
First announced in August, the proposed consolidation has cleared several hurdles, including a vote by the boards of both organizations. This most recent membership approval vote cleared the way for the merger to go through, according to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.