Georgetown Professor to Lead American Association of Nurse Practitioners

APRIL 7, 2016 – A Georgetown University nursing professor has been voted in as president-elect of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Joyce Knestrick, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, director of distance education in the Department of Advanced Nursing Practice at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, will begin this role in June 2016. She will become president in 2017.

The association notes that it “is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties” and “represents the interests of more than 205,000 NPs, including more than 67,000 individual members and 200 organizations.”

Quality Health Care

Knestrick, who plays an integral leadership role in Georgetown’s successful and nationwide online master’s program in nursing, says she is honored.

“I feel privileged to represent the members of AANP as we continue to advocate for the role of the NP in the health care system, including working to remove barriers to NP practice and increasing the availability of NP services to patients,” says Knestrick.

AANP focuses its activities “at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers.”

Prominent Role

Knestrick’s Georgetown colleagues congratulated her on this prominent national role.

“We know the excellence of our graduate NP programs is a reflection of Dr. Knestrick’s unparalleled expertise in advanced practice nursing education and practice,” says Peggy Compton, PhD, RN, FAAN, interim chair of the Department of Advanced Nursing Practice and associate dean of research, evaluation, and graduate studies. “In this position of national professional leadership, she will bring her in-depth understanding of the NP role, the practice setting, and policy to the work of AANP.”

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, interim dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, noted a pattern of prominent professional service among the school’s faculty.

“I am thrilled for Joyce and Georgetown nursing,” says Cloonan. “Faculty members at our school fill important leadership positions in highly regarded professional organizations. Joyce’s recent election is another significant example of that.”