Nurse Practitioners and Advocates to Be Honored at National AANP Conference

APRIL 24, 2016 – Nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner advocates, recipients of the prestigious American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 2016 State Award for Excellence, will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception during the AANP 2016 National Conference June 21-26, 2016, in San Antonio, TX.  Erich Widemark of Peoria, Arizona will be among the recipients honored.

The State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes a nurse practitioner (NP) in a state who demonstrates excellence in practice.  In 1993, the State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate was added to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and acceptance of NPs.

Erich Widemark started the Coalition of Arizona Nurses in Advanced Practice (CAZNAP) in April of 2000.  This virtual online community of practice listserv has been a vital communications medium for Arizona Nurse Practitioners across the state.  With over 60,000 messages and almost 2000 members, the CAZNAP listserv continues to assist Nurse Practitioners across the state with employment opportunities, patient referrals, clinical and professional discussions, advocacy, and policy news.  Members have been able to connect with friends and colleagues, find preceptors, APRN and DNP programs, and attend continuing education opportunities.  Erich Widemark also created and continues to update the website which includes the latest news pertaining to Arizona Nurse Practitioners.  Recently added is an APRN Memorial page recognizing those Advanced Practice Nurses that came before us, and who will always be important for us to recognize as the profession advances.


The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties.  It represents the interests of more than 205,000 NPs, including approximately 65,000 members and 200 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care.  The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers.

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