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Nurse Practitioner Advocates Honored at National AANP Conference

Posted about 4 years ago by Rebecca Thibodaux

Nurse practitioner advocates, recipients of the prestigious American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate, were honored at an awards ceremony and reception during the AANP 2016 National Conference June 21-26, 2016, in San Antonio, TX. Betty Vicknair, PNP was among the recipients honored.

The Advocate State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and acceptance of NPs. Examples of past recipients have been physicians, legislators, educators, etc. NPs are also eligible for the advocate award for non-clinical practice initiatives related to leadership, precepting, policy, politics, research, education, or community affairs.

In 2005, Betty was instrumental in reorganizing the New Orleans Region of LANP after Hurricane Katrina. Since 2006, Betty has served on the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners (LANP) Board of Directors and Executive Committee, has been the Primary Care Conference Coordinator for the past 8 years, and is currently spearheading the formation of the Louisiana Nurse Practitioner Foundation. She has presented at the local, regional, and national levels on pediatric and educational topics.



The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 205,000 NPs, including approximately 65,000 members and 200 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership 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. For more information, visit To locate a nurse practitioner in your area, visit