Arizona Nurse Practitioner Council

Arizona Nurse Practitioner Council


The Arizona Nurse Practitioner Council is a local chapter of the Arizona Nurses Association, and an affiliate of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. “Our mission is to advance the practice and professional stature of Nurse Practitioners in Arizona through legislative impact, education, community outreach, and involvement"

The Nurse Practitioner role evolved in response to a nationwide shortage of healthcare services in the mid-1960’s. The first Nurse Practitioner program was developed as a Master’s degree curriculum, based on the nursing model, at the University of Colorado’s School of Nursing. This pioneer program was co-founded jointly by Loretta Ford, RN, a nursing faculty member and Henry Silver, MD, a pediatrician. The first program specialty was in pediatrics. Other healthcare specialties were added shortly after as programs developed across the country to provide primary healthcare services to large, underserved populations.

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