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Fostering promotion and protection of the professional nurse practitioner role

A call to action

Berg, Judith A. PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN (Clinical Professor)1; Ruppert, Susan D. PhD, RN, FNP-C, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN (PARTNERS Professor of Nursing & Associate Dean Graduate Studies)2

Section Editor(s): Goolsby, Mary Jo EdD, MSN, NP-C, FAANP, FAAN

Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: January 2019 - Volume 31 - Issue 1 - p 3–5
doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000180
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ABSTRACT The professional obligations to protect and promote nursing professional roles stem from the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics. Nurturing new generations of NPs to assume leadership role is foundational to succession planning and is critical to assuring NPs’ continued contributions to health care. Making professional role development a priority at various points in educational programs, modeling ways to contribute to the profession, and encouraging professional organization membership are a few of the suggestions presented for the academic environment. In clinical settings, NP meetings are opportunities to engage NPs in legislative and policy issues important to practice. Attaining employee benefits, such as conference attendance, can promote commitment; and precepting NP students forges professional bonds. Present and future generations of NPs must assume responsibility for protecting and promoting the role. Many threats to NPs’ scope of practice and other professional conundrums are ongoing. Instilling the values of protecting and promoting the NP role in students and colleagues and then identifying leaders to direct these efforts are essential to succession planning.

1The University of Arizona College of Nursing, San Diego, California,

2Department of Graduate Studies, University of Texas Houston, Houston, Texas

Competing interests: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Received October 16, 2018

Accepted November 19, 2018

© 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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