Tom Bush, MSN, FNP-BC Receives NC 2010 Award for Excellence from American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners and Advocates Honored during National AANP Conference

(June 22, 2010) — Nurse practitioners (NPs) and nurse practitioner advocates, recipients of the prestigious State Awards for Excellence, will be honored on Wednesday, June 23 during the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 25th National Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona June 23-27, 2010.

The State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes an NP in a state who demonstrates excellence in practice, research, NP education, or community affairs. In 1993, the State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate was added to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and acceptance of the NP.

Tom Bush, MSN, FNP-BC is the North Carolina recipient for 2010. He is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Nursing and Medicine. He teaches in the Nurse Practitioner program and maintains a clinical practice in the department of orthopedics.

The AANP was founded in 1985 and is the oldest, largest and only full-service national professional organization for NPs of all specialties. With nearly 28,000 individual members and over 140 group members, AANP provides national representation for approximately 135,000 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