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News: 2012-04-11 Susan King Honored

Susan King, Executive Director of ONA, Honored for Support of Nurse Practitioners

Tualatin, OR – Susan King, RN, Executive Director of the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), will receive a prestigious State Award for Excellence during the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 27rd National Conference in Orlando, Florida from June 20-24, 2012.

The State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes a Nurse Practitioner or advocate in a state who demonstrates excellence in practice, research, NP education, or community affairs.

Steve Rooney, RN, President of ONA, said, “We are so proud of Susan for receiving this recognition. She has worked tirelessly to promote the nursing profession and those issues of concern to advanced practice nurses in Oregon. It is a well-deserved honor.”

“Susan’s work has helped NPs in Oregon achieve significant advancements in their practice and in their ability to serve their patients,” said Scott Palmer, Communications Director for ONA. “Over the past few years, Susan has worked alongside NPs to expand prescriptive authority for Nurse Practitioners, sought payment parity between NPs and physicians for similar services, and helped put NPs at the very heart of primary care delivery in the state.”

The AANP was founded in 1985 and is the oldest, largest and only full-service national professional organization for NPs of all specialties. With more than 34,000 individual members and over 170 group members, AANP provides national representation for approximately 155,000 NPs. AANP continually advocates for the active role of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective and personalized health care. For more information about AANP visit

The Oregon Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in Oregon. With more than 13,500 members, it is the state's largest professional association and union for registered nurses. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.


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