The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has named the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (IJHN) an Approved Provider for Nurse Practitioner (NP) continuing education. As an Approved Provider, IJHN now will provide targeted continuing education for NPs.
According to IJHN Executive Director Jane Shivnan, MScN, RN, AOCN, “This new recognition affirms the quality of IJHN programs and our adherence to nationally accepted guidelines for CE program offerings.” Shivnan added that it will increase both IJHN offerings and audiences. The new NP-oriented programs will be developed and implemented by JoAnn Coleman, MS, MA, RN, ANP, ACNP, AOCN, Coordinator for the new Pancreatic Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic at Johns Hopkins, who will serve as the IJHN Nurse Practitioner Program Planner.
AANP, the accrediting organization, is the largest, oldest, and only full-service organization for NPs of all specialties. The US Department of Health and Human Services national 2004 survey of registered nurses estimated that there were 141,209 RNs with NP credentials. The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing offers five graduate programs preparing nurses as NPs in primary care (adult, pediatric, or family), acute/critical care, and a combined MSN/MPH program preparing NPs with a public health focus.