UMSON's Idzik Named President-Elect of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Baltimore, Md. – Shannon K. Idzik, DNP ’10, MS ’03, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, has been named president-elect of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). NONPF is the only organization specifically devoted to promoting high-quality nurse practitioner (NP) education.
Idzik was named president-elect in April 2022 and will assume the role of president in April 2024. NONPF represents approximately 90% of all institutions in the United States with NP programs in addition to programs in Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries. The organization’s vision is of a workforce of highly skilled, adaptive, and diverse NP educators who are preparing the next generation of NPs to meet the evolving health care needs of our nation.
As the president-elect, Idzik will carry out functions delegated by the president and, in the absence of the president, act on that role’s behalf. She will serve as the chair for the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Steering Committee and represent the SIGs’ issues to the Board of Directors. Idzik previously served as the organization’s treasurer and as a NONPF representative to the 19-member taskforce that developed the 6th edition of National Taskforce Standards for Quality Nurse Practitioner Education.
Prior to her current UMSON role as associate dean for the DNP program, Idzik served as the director of UMSON’s Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP specialty and of the DNP program. She maintains a faculty practice as an NP at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center’s Comprehensive Care Center, where she provides care for uninsured/underinsured and medically complex patients.
“I am honored and humbled to serve as the president-elect of NONPF,” Idzik said. “The organization has been my professional organization home for my academic career. It is truly a membership-driven organization, and I look forward to working with the many NP faculty across the nation to lead quality NP education.”
Idzik also has served as a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education site visitor, visiting and assessing schools for accreditation. She previously served as president of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland and she also led the Maryland Action Coalition’s efforts to remove scope of practice barriers for advanced practice nurses for more than five years.
As a Fellow of the Wharton Executive Leadership Program in 2018 and of the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program in 2011, Idzik received in-depth leadership education, which she has used to enhance her professional career, mentor others, and advance leadership programs for national organizations. She has served on numerous state workgroups and has spent the past three years serving as one of 11 non-federal members, and the only NP, on a federal advisory commission to make recommendations to Congress on diabetes care in the United States.
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