Connecticut by the Numbers (06/03/22)
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has awarded the National Nurse Practitioner Residency & Fellowship Training Consortium (NNPRFTC) federal recognition as an accrediting agency. This move certifies for stakeholders and the public the Consortium's rigor and standards in accrediting postgraduate residency and fellowship programs for primary care and specialty care nurse practitioners (NPs). "Becoming a federally recognized accreditor assures the public that the Consortium is implementing nationally approved best practices in accreditation," said NNPRFTC Executive Director Kerry Bamrick, MBA. "It also assures integrity, transparency and fairness." DOE awarded the Consortium initial recognition as an accreditor for five years. The NNPRFTC website lists 205,000 U.S.-practicing NPs and 17,000 new practitioners joining the workforce annually, with 85% in primary care. "The Consortium is proud to have the [DOE] recognition of the role it plays in assuring that their postgraduate training programs meet the highest standards for quality and impact," said NNPRFTC Board Chair Margaret Flinter, PhD, APRN, FNP-c, FAAN, FAANP.