History

NALPN History

NALPN was founded in the state of New York in 1949 to provide a structure at the national level through which LPNs and LVNs could promote better patient care and to speak and act on behalf of the occupational group. It is the only organization in the United States governed entirely by LPNs and LVNs for LPNs and LVNs. NALPN is recognized by the other national nursing organizations as the official voice of LPNs and LVNs.

Purpose
*NALPN provides leadership for the nearly one million licensed practical and vocational nurses employed in the United States.
*NALPN fosters high standards of practical/vocational nursing education and practice so that the best nursing care will be available to every patient.
*NALPN encourages every LPN and LVN to make continuing education a priority for the purpose of personal growth and improved patient care.
*NALPN achieves recognition of LPNs and LVNs and advocates the effective utilization of licensed practical and vocational nurses in every type of health care facility.
*NALPN interprets the role and function of the LPN and LVN for the public in order to win greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution of practical /vocational nursing to the nation’s healthcare system.
*NALPN represents practical/vocational nursing through relationships with other national nursing, medical and allied health organizations, legislators, government officials, health agencies and institutions, educators and other professional groups which share the common goal of improved patient care.
*NALPN serves as the central source of information on what is new and changing in practical/vocational nursing education and practice on the local, state and national levels.

Bylaws
NALPN Bylaws Amended October 2014 (select this link view Bylaws)

Leadership
*The NALPN Executive Board has responsibility for the Federation’s corporate and fiscal affairs. They are elected at the annual convention in accordance with NALPN by-laws.
* The NALPN House of Delegates meets and the annual convention to set policies for the organization. All members are urged to attend, to learn, and to participate. Only delegates are eligible to vote. Delegates are determined based on the state’s membership. There are also delegates representing individual civilian and military members.
*The NALPN State Presidents meet at the annual convention to make recommendations pertaining to constituent state programs and matters of mutual interest. They preside over the individual state annual conventions and serve as a primary communication link between NALPN and the district officers and individual membership.
* The NALPN National Office operates as a resource to its national volunteer officers and provides daily liaison with member by means of a phone, fax, email and mail communications. Call or write us whenever we can help you.

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