VUSN dean receives advocacy award from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

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Dean Pamela Jeffries

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners selected Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, FAAN, ANEF, FSSH, as their Tennessee honoree for the 2023 Advocate State Award for Excellence. The award recognizes her work as dean and educator to support and promote the nurse practitioner role.

“I am delighted to  receive this nurse practitioner advocacy award from AANP,” Jeffries said. “I always advocate for NPs and the value they bring to our health care system and to the many patients who rely on their care and expertise.”

Jeffries will be recognized during the 2023 AANP June National Conference in New Orleans.

“It is an honor to recognize nurse practitioners for the outstanding clinical care they provide year-round to patients in nearly every community and health care setting,” said AANP President April Kapu, DNP, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN. “We are especially grateful to each of the advocates being recognized this year for their work to ensure patients have full and direct access to the health care provider of their choice. I’m looking forward to meeting all the 2023 AANP State Award for Excellence recipients at the AANP national conference in June.”

AANP, which has more than 100,000 members, honors nurse practitioners and health care advocates each year through the State Awards. The Advocate Award is in its 30th year.