Dear CNAP Members and Interested Parties:
It is with mixed emotions that the Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice (CNAP) Board of Directors announces that CNAP is ending operations at the close of 2018. The Board is proud of CNAP’s 27 years of dedicated service improving legislation and regulation for all APRNs in Texas. While many of us are a little sad to see CNAP end, we are happy that our statewide organizations representing CNMs, CNSs, CRNAs, and NPs have grown in numbers and financial stability that allows them to take the lead in achieving their members’ legislative and regulatory goals.
Until the end of 2018, CNAP will continue to review the Texas Register each week, and submit comments to state agencies when we identify proposed rules that exclude APRNs or refer to APRNs inaccurately. Through May, 2019, CNAP’s CEO, Lynda Woolbert, will remain available to Texas APRN organizations and lend support as they assume full responsibility for reviewing the Texas Register and submit comments on behalf of their members.
As a lasting legacy, CNAP is developing a video series about the regulatory process. The series will explain why monitoring rules proposed by state agencies is vital to improving APRN practice, and it will teach the process for reviewing the rules, identifying those of interest to APRNs, and submitting comments to propose change. We think the series will help organizations, and individual APRNs, be effective advocates for many years to come. We anticipate that the video series will be available by January 2019, and will be free for all to view.
In the meantime, we want our members and stakeholders to know some steps we are taking to wind-up CNAP business.
- CNAP will stop accepting new memberships and renewals on May 31, 2018.
- The copyright and sales of A Guide for APRN Practice in Texas has been transferred to Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP). CNAP will end sales of the Guide on June 30, 2018, and all future sales will be through TNP’s online store (www.texasnp.org).
- CNAP will end sales of our Sample Prescriptive Authority Agreement and Sample Facility-Based Protocols on November 30, 2018. These documents will be transferred to other organizations at that time.
- We anticipate that current information from CNAP’s Website, cnaptexas.org, will be transferred to TNP, or any other organization that would like to archive the information.
If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Woolbert by phone (979-345-5974) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). It has been a pleasure representing APRNs for the past 27 years, and we all look forward to great advancement in the future.
Amy Beckmann, MS, RN, CNM