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Forum of Nurses in Advanced Practice Operational Guidelines


The Forum of Nurses in Advanced Practice (FNAP) is an organization of New Jersey Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) that operates within the formal structure of the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA). Its mission is to nurture, enhance and promote the role of Advanced Practice Nurses. It allows for the opportunity for regionally organized FNAP chapters throughout the state that collaborate within these guidelines to insure that APNs have the opportunity to practice professional nursing to the full magnitude of their educational preparation, knowledge, skills and experience.


The purpose of FNAP shall be to:
  •  Promote the mission of NJSNA.
  •  Nurture, enhance and promote the role of Advanced Practice Nurses in their delivery of care in a variety of clinical settings.
  •  Educate and promote Advanced Practice Nurses as health care policy makers.
  •  Provide educational opportunities for the professional growth and development of Advanced Practice Nurses.
  • Foster networking opportunities among members.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration with other professional groups.
  • Promote activities that enhance the visibility of the APN role in New Jersey.
  • Promote and support FNAP chapters throughout New Jersey.


New Jersey APN’s who are NJSNA members and have submitted an application for FNAP membership, are eligible for full membership benefits. These include, but are not limited to: voting privileges, nomination for office, serve on committees, free or reduced cost contact hour credits, FNAP listserv postings of meetings, legislative/regulatory updates, announcements and minutes. APN students, who are RNs/members of NJSNA are also eligible for membership, however are not able to hold office.


General meetings are quarterly including one at the NJSNA annual convention. The Executive Committee shall designate the time and place of quarterly meetings which shall be posted on the website ( The President, as necessary, shall call special meetings with written notice sent via the APN list serve, as soon as possible prior to the scheduled meeting date. Meetings shall follow Robert’s Rules of Order. Meetings are open to nonmembers.


The elected officers of the FNAP are President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. Elected officers must be FNAP members,
APN’s and have active NJSNA membership. Officers may be retired APNs.



The President shall serve as presiding officer of all regular meetings of the general membership and Executive Committee and make all required appointments of standing committee Chairpersons; shall perform other duties as needed. The President will provide leadership related to achievement of the Forum’s goals and represent the Forum when NJSNA CEO requests. The term of office is two years. The president will represent the NJSNA FNAP when invited by AANP/ACNP at regional/national conferences and report on state regulatory and legislative issues.    The president may serve on committees/attend meetings at the request of the NJSNA CEO. The president shall have the right to appoint another member to attend conferences/meetings in his/her absence.
The President-Elect shall assume the duties of the President in her or his absence. The President-Elect assists the President as needed, learns the role of President during this term, and coordinates the FNAP APN Professional Education Day program. The President-Elect serves as chairperson of the Education Committee, assumes the role of President in the next term, arranges/confirms meeting rooms and food/beverages for the quarterly meetings. The term of office is two years.
The Secretary oversses the proper recording of the proceedings of the general membersihp and Executive Committee meetings and teleconferences, disseminates the business meeting minutes by requesting NJSNA staff to post on FNAP website, coordinates membership renewals by mailing notices yearly in early January, posts listserv announcements, liaisons to webpage postings and performs other duties as assigned. He/She also sends the names and addresses of all officers and committee members/chairs to the administrative staff of NJSNA immediately following their election or appointment so that they can be posted on the FNAP website. The Secretary also communicates regularly with NJSNA staff regarding the FNAP website to post upcoming events, locations, time, and directions. The Secretary serves as chairperson of the Nominations Committee, in the absence of a chairperson appointed by the President. The term of office is two years.
The Treasurer supervises the financial affairs of the Forum and takes appropriate action regarding the finances of the FNAP. Quarterly and annual financial reports are drafted and reported at business meetings which are then available on the website. The Treasurer will receive a check quarterly from the NJSNA Chief Financial Officer for sunshine funds and all other monies paid to NJSNA for the FNAP. The NJSNA CFO will include with the check a detailed list of the funds to the FNAP Treasurer. The Treasurer will be responsible for FNAP meeting registrations at the sign-in table at quarterly meetings, except as provided by NJSNA staff members at the APN Professional Education Day. The Treasurer serves as Chairperson of the Scholarship/Awards Committee, in the absence of a committee chair. The term of office is two years.


COMPOSITION: The Executive Committee shall be composed of the President, President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President shall serve as presiding officer of the Executive Committee. In the absence of the President, the President-Elect shall preside. The Secretary shall serve as Secretary to the Executive Committee. A majority of the voting members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.
DUTIES: The Executive Committee shall serve as the governing body of FNAP. The Committee is empowered to act in the interim between meetings of the general voting membership and must report any actions taken to the membership. The Committee may adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of its business. Those rules shall be consistent with the organizational Bylaws of the parent organization, NJSNA. The Executive Committee meets, as needed, at the discretion of the President in cooperation with committee members, and may conduct its business by conference call.


The President-elect and the Treasurer will be elected biennially. In the alternate year, a Secretary will be elected.


The Nominations Committee shall present a slate of at least one candidate for each of the elective offices to the voting membership of FNAP. Candidates must be active members of NJSNA and the Forum and may include retired APNs. APN students are not eligible to run for office.


The slate of nominees will be sent to all eligible voting members of the FNAP in the fall of the relevant election year. Ballots will be sent by Nov. 1st and must be returned by Nov. 15th. FNAP Officers shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast for each office. The Chair or Co-chairs of the nomination committee are responsible for tallying the vote. In the absence of more than one candidate for any office, elections will occur with that candidate listed, with a slot available on the ballot for a write-in candidate, should the member choose to so vote. If the office of Secretary or Treasure becomes vacant before the end of the term of office, the President, with the agreement of the Executive Committee, can appoint a replacement so that the business of the FNAP continues, uninterrupted. If the President-Elect position becomes vacant prior to the completion of the term, a new candidate will be elected at the next general business meeting, by vote of the membership present.


The Executive Committee shall appoint all committees annually. Standing committees include Nominations, Professional Education, Public Relations, Scholarships/Awards, legislation/policy, grant writing, and membership/recruitment. All other committees are Ad Hoc. The President shall appoint the chairs of all committees.

The President is an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominations Committee.
All Committees report to the President.
All Standing and Ad Hoc Committee Chairs and members must be members of FNAP and NJSNA. APN students are eligible to serve on committees.

Standing Committees

Professional Education

Continuing Education

  • Plans and coordinates all continuing education programs offered by the FNAP.
  • Solicits support for activities from industry.

Convention Program

  • Plans a full-day APN Professional Education Day program prior to the start of the Nursing Convention.
Professional Affairs

Legislative Affairs

  • Monitors Federal and State regulations and laws affecting advanced practice nursing.
  • Conducts lobbying activities.
  • Responds to N-STAT iniatives from the American Nurses Association.

Publicity: Promotes the advanced practice role through:

  • Publication of articles in the New Jersey Nurse, the offical newsletter of the New Jersey State Nurses Association.
  • Media coverage of FNAP events and activities.


  • Distributes a resource director of FNAP members
  • Publishes advanced practice materials including the brochure Advanced Practice Nursing in New Jersey.


  • Recruits leaders and nominates for FNAP offices


Purpose: To increase APN participation in the FNAP activities by bringing together Forum members who have common interests or pursuits. Interests may include, but are not limited to, geographical location, continuing education, workplace or other professional issues.
Membership in a Chapter is open to all FNAP members.
Meetings are held at times and locations convenient to participants.
Meetings are open to non-members.
A representative from each Chapter attends and reports on regularly scheduled FNAP meetings.
Each Chapter appoints a Coordinator who oversees the Chapter’s activities and a Secretary who records Chapter proceedings, and sends the minutes to the FNAP President.
All Chapter Coordinators report to the FNAP Executive Committee quarterly.
Chapter members may serve on FNAP committees and run for FNAP office.
Chapters may submit project proposals with budgets to the FNAP Executive Committee for approval and disbursement of funds for events or items that will promote APNs.
Chapters may engage in independent fundraising projects for the discretionary support of Chapter activities.


Provide NJSNA CEO with a copy of revisions to current operational guidelines, for review and feedback.
Send to administrative staff at NJSNA, the names and addresses of all officers and committee members/chairs immediately following their election or appointment so that they can be posted on the FNAP website.
Submit an annual report to NJSNA listing goals, activities, outcomes and membership.


If this Forum dissolves at any time, its assets shall go to the NJ Institute for Nursing.


The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (current edition) shall govern the decisions of FNAP at all levels of the organization in all cases where they do not conflict with the adopted policies and procedures.


The Executive Committee may recommend amendments. A majority vote of the members present at any general membership meeting will ratify proposed amendments.

Guidelines revised: 1/94, 5/94, 3/96, 12/97, 1/2000, 4/2001, 8/2004, 3/2008, 10/2009
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