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National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

A 40-year history of preparing nurse practitioners for practice

Pulcini, Joyce PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN (Professor)1; Hanson, Charlene EdD, RN, FAAN (Professor Emerita)2; Johnson, Jean PhD, RN, FAAN (Dean Emerita and Professor)1

Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: November 2019 - Volume 31 - Issue 11 - p 633–639
doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000330

ABSTRACT This article provides a historic view of the development and accomplishments of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). The authors explore the history leading up to the formalization of NONPF, noting the major factors leading to the creation of NONPF. Since its inception in 1980, NONPF has led efforts to provide resources to nurse practitioner program faculty, create standards and guidelines for quality programs, and most recently work to develop measurable competencies. This article tracks the achievement of the organization by decade and provides an education, practice, and policy context that informed and inspired the activities of NONPF.

1George Washington University, School of Nursing, Northwest Washington, Washington, DC,

2Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia

Correspondence: Joyce Pulcini, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, George Washington University, School of Nursing, 1919 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 781-799-4144; Fax: 202-296-1229; E-mail:

Competing interests: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Authors' contributions: J. Pulcini and J. Johnson visited the University of Virginia Nursing Archives and extracted information. J. Pulcini, J. Johnson, and C. Hanson each wrote a section of the paper, and all authors have equally gone through multiple edits of drafts. J. Pulcini created the timeline.

Received April 18, 2019

Received in revised form August 08, 2019

Accepted August 15, 2019

© 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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