Mary Ellen Roberts D.N.P., A.P.N.C, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, Assistant Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Seton Hall's College of Nursing, traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, in February to chair the Winter Meeting of the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).
FAANP impacts national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioner (NP) leaders who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education, or policy to enhance the AANP mission. From invitational think tanks to the mentorship program, FAANP is dedicated to advancing the NP profession.
The AANP is the largest nurse practitioner advocacy organization in the United States. The organization represents thousands of nurse practitioners and sets national guidelines and standards for patient care, professionalism, and practice. The team, chaired by Dr. Roberts, successfully completed 12 policy and practice briefs which will soon appear on the AANP's website.
They also developed several Fellow initiatives, including Health Policy Teaching Modules for students and faculty to use in their courses, a Health Policy paper published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a Nurse Practitioner Outcomes Toolkit.
"It was exciting for me to chair the meeting of such a prestigious organization because it puts our programs and our faculty on the cutting edge of nurse practitioner role development, research and education," Dr. Roberts said. "I'm looking forward to incorporating the new policies and initiatives we developed into Seton Hall's Doctor of Nursing practice program."
Dr. Roberts is a nationally known leader in nursing policy and education. She was elected as the Chair of the Fellows of the AANP in 2014 and has previously served as the President of the AANP Board of Directors. She is a charter member of the Board of Trustees for the AANP Political Action Committee. Moreover, she serves as a commissioner and treasurer of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Program, and a test developer and item writer for the Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exam. She was recently appointed to the Planning Committee of the American Academy of Nursing.
In addition to her leadership roles in national organizations, Dr. Roberts maintains her certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She works with under-served populations at her practice in Newark, New Jersey, as part of an Urban Health Initiative Program. Her practice and research interests include cardiovascular care, especially for women, heart disease, and hypertension.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program was developed in 2009 and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, an autonomous agency which ensures the quality and integrity of nursing programs. The D.N.P. program is offered to students at the post-baccalaureate level and those who have already earned a master's degree in nursing, where the focus is open to most specialties. Most coursework is available online.