Mary Ellen Roberts, D.N.P., A.P.N.,C., FAANP, FAAN, Assistant Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Seton Hall University College of Nursing, was recently elected as the Chair of the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). Her two year term began on July 1, 2014 and will end in June of 2016. In this role, Dr. Roberts oversees the Fellows and leads all initiatives as the FAANP sets the direction for nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States.
Established by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) in 2000, FAANP is dedicated to the global advancement of NPs and the high-quality health care they deliver. By engaging recognized NP leaders who have made outstanding contributions to NP education, policy, clinical practice or research, and developing NP leaders of the future, they continue to further the NP profession while enhancing AANP's mission.
Dr. Roberts has been recognized for her clinical work and teaching of nurse practitioners. Her clinical expertise is in the care of the adult patient with cardiovascular disease, specializing in hypertension, lipid disorders and cardiac arrhythmias. She maintains a Faith-Based practice in the Greater Newark area. She has developed numerous strong partnerships between nurse practitioners, physicians and other health care providers to promote the role of the nurse practitioner nationally and on the local level. She has been recognized for her clinical excellence by the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Practitioner and by the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Roberts’ seminal white paper in favor of the D.N.P. help shaped the essential document launching the D.N.P. Her many publications plus her campaign to improve NP visibility and scope of practice place her as a spokesperson and led to appointments to health policy and interdisciplinary groups in her efforts to the inclusion of provider neutral language that is of benefit to the nursing profession.
The AANP is the largest and only full-service national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties. AANP represents the interests of the approximately 192,000 NPs around the country, advocating for the active role of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered healthcare.
About Seton Hall University College of Nursing
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975 and the PhD program opened in 2006. US News and World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.
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