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ANPD Mission

We inspire our members to excel by providing educational services, networking, advocacy and research to support the unique needs of nursing professional development. 

The Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) advances the specialty practice of nursing professional development for the enhancement of healthcare outcomes. Professional development as a specialty of nursing practice is defined by standards, based on research, and critical to quality patient and organizational outcomes.

ANPD is committed to providing research and resources that enhance our practice locally, in each of our organizations. As we integrate professional development best practice in achieving our organizations’ goals we truly enhance healthcare outcomes. As we focus on priorities, we enhance collaboration and provide valuable expertise in our organizations.

ANPD Vision

ANPD is the thought leader and resource for nursing professional development.

ANPD's strategic focus is in five primary areas:

Public Policy

 Establish and sustain a public policy presence for issues impacting NPD


1. Foster strategic partnerships with other organizations: American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), etc.

2. Become known for best practices, research and evidence based practice related to NPD

3. Develop a position statement on the IOM Future of Nursing report’s recommendations impact on NPD

4. Develop a white paper that differentiates the academic nurse educator and the NPD specialist. 

Products & Services

Create products and services to meet the unique needs of NPD Specialists


1. Demonstrate excellence in educational products

2. Create specific programming for career tracks through ANPD educational offerings

3. Hire a Director of Professional Development to oversee all education, products and services

4. Leverage relationships with recognized experts in nursing, education, training and development

5. Create and maintain a program speakers’ bureau 

6. Integrate technology into education

7. Form a workgroup for the 2015 release of the Scope & Standards revision (with ANA, 2013-2015)

8. Provide benchmarking data for NPD departments

9. Achieve strategic goals and quality measures of CNE provider unit as delineated in Appendix

Marketing & Promotion

 Establish the ANPD brand as the premier nursing professional development association


1. Offer webinars and other unique products to promote the development of NPD specialists from those new to the profession through advanced professionals

2. Maximize the Affiliate role in marketing ANPD

3. Enhance social media presence

4. Demonstrate the ROI of membership through exclusive educational offerings and resources 


Develop and apply the best available evidence to support NPD practice 


1. Identify mechanisms for fundraising to provide research grants

2. Promote research by continuing to offer grants

3. Institute a multi-site research study to provide industry wide benchmarking data

4. Promote the profession: 

• Demonstrate ROI and create a value stream for the NPD role

• Outcomes measurement 

Governance & Infrastructure

Optimize the governance and infrastructure of the organization to support ANPD’s mission, vision and strategic plan


1. Redefine and highlight the mission and vision of the organization

2. Differentiate roles between the staff and volunteers

3. Match the infrastructure to the strategic plan

4. Develop a succession plan for board sustainment

ANPD Provider Unit Strategic Goals

1. To meet the needs of ANPD membership for continuing education related to our specialty.
2. To provide cost-effective continuing education as an autonomous provider unit.
3. To enhance expertise in nursing professional development and education.

Quality Outcome Measures (required for both the provider unit and nursing professional development)

  • Provider Unit
    • Volume of participants in educational activities
    • Volume of education activities provided
    • Satisfaction of learners
  • Nursing Professional Development
    • Professional practice behaviors as measured by evaluation questions about anticipated changes in practice
    • Nursing competency as measured by the number of participants who become certified in nursing professional development following certification preparation courses

ANPD's Legacy

ANPD (formerly NNSDO) originated in 1987, when a group of nursing staff development educators, led by Belinda E. Puetz, met to discuss the possibility of starting a specialty nursing organization for themselves and their colleagues in this specialty area of practice. While it seemed a good idea, the group was not certain of the response of nursing staff development educators and others to the concept. So they decided to conduct a feasibility study to assess the level of interest in the potential organization.

The feasibility study was conducted throughout the remainder of 1988, and most of 1989. The results of the survey were positive and encouraged the group to meet again to discuss further steps.

On the basis of the results of the feasibility study, the group agreed to launch the new organization in 1989. The organization was given a name, and a logo was designed. The Steering Committee was formed and membership solicitation started. The Steering Committee members were Kathleen J. Fischer, Ann Arbor, MI; Sandra Holmes, San Diego, CA; Karen Kelly, Washington, DC; Janice Ward, Indianapolis, IN; Judith Warmuth, Madison, WI; and Belinda Puetz, Pensacola, FL.

The first certification exam was held on April 20, 1992, in collaboration with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

ANPD published its first book, Quality Indicators in Staff Development, in 1992, and published the first edition of the Core Curriculum in Nursing Staff Development in 1995.

ANPD collaborated with the Medical College of Pennsylvania for its conferences in 1990-1993, and held its first independent convention in Chicago in 1994. Its annual convention currently has average attendance of 1,000 nursing staff development educators.

ANPD’s first affiliate—the Central Ohio Nursing Staff Development Organization--was chartered on November 8, 1991. Currently, ANPD has over 40 affiliates.

2015: Association for Nursing Professional Development was awarded Accreditation with Distinction from the ANCC.


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