The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties is an association that is dedicated to preparing a quality NP workforce to meet evolving societal health needs. If the healthcare system does not make an effort to keep up with the changes in society and technology or to adapt to the changing healthcare needs of the nation, the quality of the nurse practitioner force will be compromised. According to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ website, the following comprise the mission vision and goals of the organisation:
NONPF: The leader in quality nurse practitioner education.
The quality of the healthcare field starts with education. If the nurses that call themselves nurse practitioners are not properly trained, they will be unable to perform their duties to the best of their ability. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ primary aim is to ensure that educational opportunities are provided as far and wide as possible.
Our vision is to be the preeminent global leader in providing timely and critical resources for NP educators and advancing innovative models that support NP educational programs to meet the highest quality standards. We unite and lead NP educators in transforming healthcare.
By belonging to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties you will be instrumental in its fight to ensure that educational standards within the profession are maintained. Educational programs approved by the association are among the best programmes you could choose to enrol in as a student nurse.
The Board of Directors has identified the following priority goals for NONPF:
- Advancing QUALITY – Promotes continuous and collaborative quality improvement and evidence-based approaches to national and global NP education through the development of standards, guidelines, teaching instruments, resources, and networking exchanges for faculty.
- Influencing POLICY – Leads the nursing community to advance NP education and NP educational policy through independent and collaborative initiatives.
- Fostering DIVERSITY – Champions a culture of diversity in NONPF and across NP education.
- Promoting SCHOLARSHIP – Promotes opportunities that advance the scholarship of NP educators in teaching, research, practice, and service.
- Strengthening RESOURCES – Secures the growth, financial viability, and sustainability of NONPF, recognizing our membership as a valuable resource.
There are several different categories of membership with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. These include:
- Individual Membership
- Program Membership
- Student Membership
- Retired Membership
- Associate Membership
- Honorary Membership
The dues for individual members are $175 annually. According to the association’s website this membership types is available for “nurses holding faculty and/or preceptor positions in a nurse practitioner program. Each individual member has one vote, is eligible to hold an elected position, receives membership communications, and receives membership discounts”.
- Member Renewal Form: http://www.nonpf.org/associations/10789/files/RenewalFormIndividual12.13b.doc
- Member profile information form: http://www.nonpf.com/associations/10789/files/ProfileForm10.11.DOC
- Membership Application: http://www.nonpf.org/associations/10789/files/IndividualApp12.13b.doc
The annual fee for program membership is $700 for up to 4 faculty representatives and $130 each for additional faculty representatives, as well as the program director. According to the website, this membership type is for “all nurse practitioner educational programs. Each nurse faculty member for whom dues are paid under program membership shall have one vote, is eligible to hold an elected position, receives membership communications, and receives membership discounts”.
Individuals who would like to have student membership must pay fees of $115 annually. According to the website, this is available to “nurse practitioners enrolled in a graduate, degree-conferring program. The student member receives membership communications and membership discounts, but is not eligible to vote or to hold an elected position. An individual is eligible for this category of membership for no more than 2 years”.
Retired membership costs $60 annually and, according to the association’s website, is for “academic or clinical nurse practitioner faculty members who retire from academic practice. Individuals may request consideration for this category of membership. Retired members receive member communications and membership discounts, but are not eligible to vote or to hold an elected position”.
Associate membership is $145 a year. The website states that this is for “non-faculty persons or non-NP retired faculty members. Each Associate member receives membership communications and membership discounts, but is not eligible to vote or to hold an elected position”.
Honorary membership does not require the payment of annual fees and is, according to the website “conferred by the Board of Directors on non-members who contribute significantly to the advancement of nurse practitioner education and the profession. Honorary members receive member communications and membership discounts but are not eligible to vote or to hold an elected position”.
Special Interest Groups
The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties has a number of Special Interest Groups, including the following:
– Academic Nursing Center (ANC) SIG
– Acute Care SIG
– Distance Learning SIG
– Gerontological SIG
– International SIG
– Program Directors SIG
– Psychiatric Mental Health SIG
– Research SIG
– Sexual and Reproductive Health SIG
If you have a particular interest in any of these areas, you will be able to pursue your interests further through this organisation. For more information about each of these groups, please visit this link.
The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties is aware that, in order to attract and retain members, it has to offer a number of benefits and incentives. As members benefits go, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties offers some of the best ones in the industry, especially for nurses aspiring to be nurse practitioners, or for RNs who already are nurse practitioners in the field of their choice. The educational benefits are, obviously, the main attractions for nurse practitioners. However, the implicit benefit is that by joining the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties you will also be helping improve the industry as a whole.
All members of National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties will have access to networking opportunities and interaction with colleagues that will make a substantial difference to their career outlook as it is through networking that our skills are improved. You will be able to participate in:
– Committees to advance nurse practitioner education and faculty, and
– Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
Members of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties are, in addition, granted recognition through the NONPF annual awards:
– Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator
– Achievement in Research
– Outstanding Group Faculty Practice
– Small Grant Research Award ($1000)
– Professional Enrichment Program Scholarship
Continuing education is a requirement for certification and recertification. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties offers continuing education through the annual conference, featuring sessions on current issues and trends in NP education. This annual conference is an excellent resource for enhancing your knowledge and skills in the industry. Members receive discounts on publications and the annual conference registration, making it easier for them than for non-members to attend such events, thereby giving them a competitive edge in the industry. In addition, members receive
– Updates on educational issues in the NONPF Quarterly Newsletter and member communications
– Updates on issues in the NONPF Quarterly Newsletter and member communications
– Updates on legislative issues in the NONPF Quarterly Newsletter and member communications
– Resources for curriculum development and consultation
In addition to the benefits listed above, Program members also receive the following benefits (As according to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ website):
– A listing on a special Honor Roll of NP Programs page on the NONPF Web site. NONPF Program Members will be included in the list with a hyperlink to your Program’s Web site page
– A special certificate of membership, suitable for framing or display
– One free position announcement in the NONPF online Job Bank per membership year ($250 value)
– 25% discount on advertisement in the NONPF annual conference syllabus
– Reduced pricing for additional faculty representatives beyond the 4 included in the base Program membership
– The opportunity to submit complimentary announcements, such as educational activities or special events (not employment ads), for posting on our Announcements page.
If you would like to make contact with the organisation please use the information provided below.
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
1615 M. Street NW, Ste 270
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 289-8044 * fax: (202) 289-8046
President: Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP
As mentioned previously, the benefits of belonging to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties can be felt on two levels:
- You will benefit at an individual level as the educational opportunities will directly impact your chances in the field.
- As the organisation is aimed at improving nursing through enhanced education, your participating in the educational opportunities provided by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties will also be part of the overall success of the organisation.