Nurse Practitioner Professional Organizations

Professional organizations for healthcare practitioners have played a large role in advocating for their members and in shaping the quality of health care that is delivered by the constituency they represent. For nurse practitioners, these organizations can help advance professional development and encourage leadership, while putting NPs in a position to influence policy decisions that work to improve quality in healthcare practice. This is done through a wide variety of supporting activities including communication, education, research, recognition, and advocacy.

There are many professional organizations that work for the development of practice standards and certification in healthcare, but the following organizations are dedicated to advancing the role of the nurse practitioner.

These organizations can answer questions on educational requirements, credentialing, and licensure. But, they are also great resources for continuing education, conferences, practice recommendations, and publications.

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The following organizations welcome inquiries regarding information or membership.nurse smiling in her scrubs

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
P. O. Box 12846; Austin, TX 78711
Phone: 512-442-4262
email: [email protected]
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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
101 Columbia
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4109
Phone: 800-899-AACN (2226)
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American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP)
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 525
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-740-2529
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American Nurses Credentialing Center
(Subsidiary of the American Nurses Association)
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492
Phone: 800.284.2378
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Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)
East Holly Avenue Box 56
Pitman, NJ 08071-0056
Phone: 866-355-1392
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International Council of Nurses
3, Place Jean Marteau
1201 – Geneva Switzerland
Phone +41-22-908-01-00
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National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
20 Brace Road, Suite 200; Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Phone: 856-857-9700
email: [email protected]
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National Certification Corporation
142 E. Ontario Street, Suite 1700,
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-951-0207
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National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
111 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60601-4277
Phone: 312-525-3600
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Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
505 C Street, Northeast
Washington, DC  20002
Phone: 202-543-9693
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Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC)
125 Enterprise Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Phone: 412-859-6104
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Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 204
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4152
Phone: (301) 330-2921 or 888-641-2767 (tollfree)
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