MICHIGAN COUNCIL OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS
The mission of Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, as member-driven organization, is to promote a healthy Michigan through:
- Advocating for excellence in NP practice, education and research;
- Shaping the future of health care through advancing health policy;
- Ensuring the ability of NPs to practice to the full extent of their education;
- Building a positive image of the NP role as a leader in the state and national health care community
Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) was a product of two nurse practitioner (NP) groups from the Metro Detroit coming together in September 2000. It is through the efforts of these pioneers that MICNP has become the voice of nurse practitioners in Michigan. The Council is the only NP organization in the state to represent all specialties within the nurse practitioner community.
These forward-thinking leaders were instrumental in providing the basis for both stability and growth of the organization. Under their guidance, MICNP became a non-profit, tax exempt entity whose by-laws define our purpose. The goals of these pioneers were to provide Michigan’s nurse practitioners the leadership and resources to improve their practice environment through education of its members and the community, legislative action – when appropriate, and promoting access to NP services.
Early on, MICNP became an affiliate member of both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), who are now merged into the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). This close association has allowed our members to have a voice in Washington DC as issues related to health care are being discussed at the national level. MICNP members have been and continue to provide leadership within these and other national organizations.
MICNP continues to grow and spread its influence across the health care arena. It’s members sit on a variety of boards and advisement committees. We are at the table when decisions on health care are made and sitting in legislative workshops when expert opinions are needed. We have grown from a handful of forward-looking NPs to over 1200 members within 16 chapters – from the UP to the Niles/St. Joe area. Continued growth, financial stability and increased visibility of the organization is mandatory to meet our members needs. MICNP’s ultimate goal is to promote a practice environment that supports the ability of NPs to provide care to the full extent their education and experiences allow.
To the nurse practitioners who envisioned, financially supported, and guided Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioner through those humble beginning – we salute you!