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Words matter

Thoughts after the winter AANP Fellows meeting

Dirubbo, Nancy DNP, FNP, FAANP (President)1

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

Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: May 2019 - Volume 31 - Issue 5 - p 280–281
doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000236
The Fellows Speak

ABSTRACT Critical issues facing nurse practitioners (NPs) today can be influenced by the words used about NPs every day. The words used to describe who and what NPs are can affect efforts to achieve full practice authority throughout the United States. They affect how NPs treat each other and how the public, professional colleagues, and others view them, which can have a profound effect on rules, regulations, and policies that affect NP effectiveness and practice.

1Beacon Continuing Education, Laconia, New Hampshire

Correspondence: Nancy Dirubbo, DNP, FNP, FAANP, Beacon Continuing Education, LLC 184, Hickory Stick Lane, Laconia, NH 03246. Tel: (603) 387-0208, (603)524-1103; Fax: (603)366-1003; E-mail:

Competing interests: The author reports no conflicts of interest.

Received March 15, 2019

Received in revised form March 26, 2019

Accepted April 03, 2019

© 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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