Loretta Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, FAAN, FAANP is instrumental in starting the first nurse practitioner (NP) program at the University of Colorado. Click to watch a recent NPACE interview with Dr. Ford and Wendy Wright, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP.
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the first nurse practitioner program, and shepherding the efforts of the over 15,000 NPs in practice at this time, NPACE is established as a national nonprofit organization in Massachusetts by a group of seven nurse practitioners from the New England area.
A few months after forming, NPACE welcomes over 200 NPs to its first conference for nurse practitioners, setting the stage for the continuing education movement that would grow to serve the recertification requirements of nurse practitioners across the US.
NPACE hosts a conference in Washington DC, where the ANA*, NAPNAP* and the NAACOG* were present. The discussion of the NP profession, leadership, and the need for direction was prominent. NPACE creates a forum for constituents to find common ground and an environment for collaborative discussion. This would ultimately lead to the creation of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners – intended to give representative voice to nurse practitioners while NPACE fulfilled their educational needs.
*ANA – American Nurses Association
*NAPNAP – National Association of Pediatric Associates and Nurse Practitioners
*NAACOG – Nurses’ Association of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
NPACE celebrates the growth of the NP practice which has now reached over 30,000 members by hosting a national conference in Florida, and expands live educational programs in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Albany and Boston. NPACE begins to meet the unique and diverse needs of NPs with specialized content in neonatal, geriatric, orthopedic care and pharmacology.
NPACE starts production of “Clinical Excellence” a quarterly professional journal which highlights NP research. This is distributed to our members and membership fees are used to create a research fund, the proceeds of which are distributed annually.
NPACE continues to expand programs to meet the increasing demands of nurse practitioners by offering 8 conferences across the country in a variety of formats and clinical specialities. We offer NPs the opportunity to gather with peers and share experiences toward optimizing clinical care and patient outcomes.
In an effort to bring education into the homes and practices of NPs, NPACE starts to offer its programs online in partnership with myCME.com, a medical education company.
Since 1980, NPACE has been dedicated to improving nurse practitioner practice by providing relevant and evidence-based continuing education through conferences and online courses that focus on topics in primary care and pharmacotherapeutics. Created for nurse practitioners, by nurse practitioners, we strive to provide NPs with a comfortable and seamless educational experience, while also giving back to our community of NPs with rewarding educational opportunities.