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Jan 7, 2009    #002
Contact: John Austin
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ACNP elects UMKC’s Thad Wilson as its new president School of Nursing Associate Dean will lead national nurse practitioner association

Thad Wilson, Ph.D., FNP-BC, associate professor and associate dean at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing has been elected to serve as the 2009-2010 president of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), a national non-profit association that provides advocacy, continuing education and research support for its members.

“It is a tremendous honor to lead such a wonderful organization,” Wilson said. “I hope to continue the College’s mission to advocate, provide support and improve practice for nurse practitioners.”

The ACNP was founded in 1994 by a coalition of state and regional nurse practitioner (NP) organizations as part of an initiative to unify, coordinate and galvanize the NP community. As president of the College, Wilson will provide overall leadership for ACNP, including implementing strategic plan priorities, representing ACNP in public forums and communicating ACNP initiatives with government and policy colleagues, as well as other stakeholders. He will also serve as the official ACNP representative in all policy and organizational matters, including meetings with other national NP and nursing groups, testimony before Congress/national regulatory agencies and media interviews.

Wilson has been a certified family nurse practitioner since 1985 and has served on faculty at UMKC since 1995. He has been funded by the CDC, American Nurses Foundation and other organizations to conduct research on immunizations and school-based immunization programs. Findings from his research have been published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented both regionally and nationally. He is co-founder of the multidisciplinary Mid-America Immunization Coalition, recently receiving the Coalition’s first-ever Immunization Hero Award.

About ACNP

The American College of Nurse Practitioners, located in Washington, DC, is a national, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to ensure a solid policy and regulatory foundation that enables nurse practitioners to continue providing accessible, high quality healthcare to the nation.

About the UMKC School of Nursing

The UMKC School of Nursing offers a full range of education programs including a four-year bachelor’s degree (BSN), an RN-BSN, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Ph.D. in Nursing. Research at the UMKC School of Nursing is focused on Women’s and Children’s health and the school is a center of excellence in the provision of health care and education in these areas, emphasizing urban health care and wellness.

About UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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