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Nurse Practitioner Program

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As the nursing needs grew many nurses sought graduate degrees in nursing which prompt an accelerated growth in graduate nursing programs (Hamric, Spross, & Hanson, 2009). Back to the first founded nurse practitioner program was in 1965 at the University of Colorado by a Loretta C. Ford and Pediatrician Dr. Henry Silver. Both Ford and Silver established a non-degree certification program that would serve as breaking ground for other universities to later follow, creating more nurse practitioner programs grounded in nursing theory (Hamric, Spross, Hanson, 2009). While it was a debate with nursing professors as to what their preparation should consist of it was agreed that nursing education should have its foundation on research based practice.
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