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Joyce Marth Knestrick Faculty Member

Joyce M. Knestrick, PhD, FNP,BC, FAANP, FAAN is an Associate Professor and Director of the Masters in Nursing Leadership and Management, Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership and the Optum Complex Adult and Geriatric Fellowship Program. Her leadership has impacted advanced practice nursing at the international, national, state and local levels, She served as president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and receive the prestigious Towers Pinnacle for her work to improve access to Nurse Practitioner(NP) Care. Knestrick has made significant contributions to NP practice through her policy work, development of educational programs and international support for the NP role. Knestrick's research focuses on the health of low income populations as well as graduate education strategies and evaluation. Her research contributed to the development of a NP managed clinic in Appalachia where she practices as a NP and serves low -income and Medicaid Populations. As a visionary leader , Knestrick began working on distance education modalities since 1998. She worked with the National Organization of NP Faculties(NONPF) to develop distance education guidelines. She also worked with NONPF to develop a checklist for preceptors . She has also served on the AANP Certification Board and has worked to move certification to the international level. As an expert clinician, she has contributed to test construction, practice standards evaluation and test metrics. Knestrick is involved with NONPF's National Task Force Standards. Her policy work earned her the NONPF Policy Award. Joyce M. Knestrick is an American Academy of Nursing Fellow (FAAN) and a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners ( FAANP). She serves on advisory boards for the Coalition to Improve Medical Diagnosis and Health Women.. She is a founding member of the of the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators , Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SONSIEL). She is currently serving on the NONPF Strategic Planning Committee and the AANPBC Strategic Planning Committee.

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