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The Center of Excellence in Advanced Practice designation recognizes healthcare organizations for the development, promotion, and advancement of an institutional/system infrastructure that supports, engages, and embraces Advanced Practice Providers (APPs): Physician Assistants (PAs) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), inclusive of Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Nurse Midwives (CNMs), Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs). It identifies organizations that understand the advantages and overall value of the advanced practice roles. It acknowledges pursuits and efforts to expand the role, responsibilities, and overall appropriate utilization of APPs, idealizing the fullest scope of practice as determined by their training, education, and experience. And it encourages and rewards organizations that demonstrate positive impacts to various aspects of the patient experience—satisfaction, quality, outcomes, workflow, etc.—via intimate involvement and active participation of APPs.

Developed by Advanced Practice Provider Executives, Inc. (APPex), the Center of Excellence in Advanced Practice designation is the first and only recognition for leading healthcare organizations that embody success in advanced practice. It is the ultimate credential for measuring organizational quality and distinction as they pertain to the advanced practice roles.

Benefits of Center of Excellence in Advanced Practice designation

  • national/international award for institutional achievement in advanced practice
  • improve elements of the patient experience (e.g., care delivery, safety, quality, satisfaction)
  • enhance advanced practice standards, policies, and practice
  • attract and retain top APPs
  • foster a collaborative culture
  • grow your business and financial success

APPex requires organizations to develop, disseminate and enculturate evidence-based criteria that result in a positive work environment for APPs and, by extension, all employees.


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