California Association for Nurse Practitioners

HISTORY

History of CANP

Making a Difference Since 1977

The California Association for Nurse Practitioners was founded in 1977 by a group of newly-graduated NPs at the University of California, Davis. Originally called the California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, the organization marked its 40th anniversary in 2017.

In commemoration of the anniversary, CANP embarked on a historical research project which involved interviews with a number of those who were instrumental in the organization's founding. Those interviews and subsequent research served as the foundation for the content of this historical web portal.

Use the links below to explore a timeline of notable achievements in CANP's history, an archive of those who have served as President of the organization, and a series of articles that provide insight not only into the motivations and challenges behind the launching of the organization, but also the trials and triumphs faced by those who were blazing the trail as some of the first-ever NPs in California.


Timeline
Timeline

For more than four decades, the California Association for Nurse Practitioners has provided a forum and unifying voice for nurse practitioners statewide. Explore a timeline of key milestones along the way.

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Presidents Roll
Presidents Roll

From Mary Margaret Baker, the first President of the California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners in 1977, to the present, an archive of all those who have held the office.

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Articles
Articles

In this series, some of those who were there at the beginning reflect on the early motivations, challenges and successes of CANP, and navigating the uncharted territory that characterized life as a new nurse practitioner in the 1970s.

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