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Nurse practitioners and advocates honored during National AANP Conference

July 25, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE CITIZEN , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Arlene T. Wright, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, was selected as the 2012 State of Florida Nurse Practitioner Advocate. Wright, a nurse practitioner with Lee Memorial Health System, was recognized for her achievements in increasing awareness and acceptance of Nurse Practitioners.

Nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner advocates from around the state were honored during the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 27th National Conference in Orlando, Florida on June 20-24, 2012.

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.

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

Open since 1916, Lee Memorial Health System is the fifth largest public health system in the United States and the largest community-owned health system in Southwest Florida. With more than 10,000 employees, the system is made up of four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals, as well as outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers and primary care and specialty physician offices. An award-winning health care system, it provides regional programs, such as our Trauma Center and Children's Hospital, which serve our community members from Tampa to Miami. Visit for more information.



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