AUSTIN, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Judith Dempster, DNSc, FNP, FAANP has announced her retirement from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) following 12 years of service as the first executive director of the organization. During her tenure that began in 1996, Dr. Dempster has worked to position AANP as the largest and only full-service national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties. Also the executive director of the AANP Foundation, she will remain in that role through 2009. "My years at AANP have been challenging and rewarding. It has been a true pleasure to help the organization grow and flourish. AANP is strong and well positioned to advocate for NPs. I feel the time is right for a change and for a new person with fresh ideas to facilitate continuing to move AANP to new horizons," said Dempster. Dee Swanson, MSN, NP-C, FAANP, AANP president, stated, "As the first executive director of AANP, Dr. Dempster has worked tirelessly to move the organization from a small group of immensely dedicated NPs to the large national organization that is today recognized as THE voice for NPs. Under her leadership, AANP today truly represents the interests of all NPs." The Breckenridge Group Executive Search, a national search firm based in the Washington, DC area, will work with the AANP Board of Directors to conduct a national search for the new executive director. Jon C. "Chris" Dowell, Breckenridge Group president, will lead the executive search activities. For further information, interested individuals may contact Dowell at (703) 437- 8404 or email@example.com. AANP is the oldest, largest and only full-service national professional organization for NPs of all specialties. AANP represents the interests of approximately 125,000 nurse practitioners and continually advocates for the active role of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective and personalized healthcare. For more information visit www.aanp.org.
SOURCE American Academy of Nurse Practitioners