Co-Director of the Center to Champion Nursing in America

Winifred V. Quinn, PhD, is co-director of the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She oversees the translation of CCNA nursing policy research into public policy recommendations and works with the AARP Government Affairs division for progressive policy changes.

Why Access to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Matters

The United States health care environment is changing rapidly. A growing number of Americans have health conditions that require more complex care than ever before. Our population is aging: 55 million Americans live in areas with a shortage of primary care providers. And 25 million formerly uninsured people will soon gain access to health care through the Affordable Care Act. Enter advanced practice registered nurses (nurse practitioners [NPs], certified nurse midwives, certified nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists [CNSs]). As the …