American Association of Nurse Practitioners Announces 2024 Award Recipients

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) announced the recipients of the 2024 Loretta C. Ford Award, FAANP Legacy Awards, and Honorary Fellow distinction. The Executive Committee of the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) bestows this prestigious award. This is a program established in 2000 to honor nurse practitioner (NP) leaders who exemplify professional excellence through research, practice, and advocacy. 

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The 2024 Loretta C. Ford Award

The 2024 Loretta C. Ford Award takes its name from the co-founder of the NP role, Loretta C. Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, NP-C, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP. It recognizes an NP who has made significant contributions to health care policy development at various levels. This award also honors those who have made sustained efforts to clarify the role and scope of NPs or have creatively turned challenges into opportunities to advance NP practice and improve patient outcomes. 

“On behalf of AANP, I extend heartfelt congratulations to the recipients of the 2024 FAANP awards,” said AANP President Stephen A. Ferrara, DNP. “These distinguished honorees exemplify the pinnacle of excellence in the nurse practitioner profession. Their unwavering dedication to advancing the NP role through volunteerism, mentorship and leadership enriches our community and paves the way for future generations of nurse practitioners. We celebrate their remarkable contributions and the lasting impact they have on health care.”

The FAANP Legacy Awards and the Honorary Fellow distinctions further acknowledge individuals whose leadership and volunteer efforts have significantly advanced the NP profession. These awards emphasize the role of mentorship and the importance of advocating for the NP profession. 

Award recipients

The 2024 Loretta C. Ford Awardee for Advancement of the Nurse Practitioner Role in Health Care is Jean Aertker, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP. The 2024 FAANP Honorary Fellow is Lusine Poghosyan, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, FAANP(H). The 2024 FAANP Legacy Awardees are Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP and Barbara A. Todd, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN.

See the full list of recipients from AANP


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