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National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice


About the Council


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Acting Designated Federal Officer (DFO) - Kim Huffman

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About the Committee


The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) is authorized by Section 845 of the Public Health Service Act as amended by Public Law 105-392. The Council is governed by Public Law 92-463, which sets standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.

NACNEP was established as the Advisory Council on Nurse Training on September 4, 1964 and renamed in 1988.


The Advisory Council advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary and Congress on policy matters arising in the administration of Title VIII including the range of issues relating to the nurse workforce, nursing education and nursing practice improvement.

The Council annually prepares and submits to the Secretary, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives, a report describing the activities of the Advisory Council including its findings and recommendations.

Members consist of the Secretary or delegate who shall be an ex officio member and serves as the Chairperson, and not less than twenty-one (21), nor more than twenty-three (23) members selected by the Secretary. Management and support services are provided by the Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration.

About the Committee

Members and Staff (PDF - 18 KB)

Briefing Guide for Council Members (PDF - 112 KB)

Charter (PDF - 202 KB)


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