The National Association of Nigerian Nurse Practitioners USA, in Southern California (NANNPU-SoCal) is an organization of advanced practice nurses of Nigerian origin resident in the United States of America. NANNPU-SoCal is the one among a few of its kind in the USA for these indigenous practitioners who have acquired a minimum of a master’s degree in their different practice specialties. The organization started as a part of a National group for Nigerian Nurse Practitioners in the in the United States under the initiative of some of its members, who has extensive NP experiences, touched by the limiting stories of other Nigerian NPs and students, and motivation from the leadership of NANNPU-SoCal believes the Nigerian NP community could do more to help, while also becoming more knowledgeable of practice and other health care activities in their areas.
The membership of NANNPU-SoCal is made up of Nigerian NPs that resides in Southern California. The association is led by a president who is elected every two years and is allowed to serve six consecutive years according to NANNPU-SoCal bylaws. NANNPU-SoCal currently has more than 25 members and counting. Special educational and networking activities are held monthly through professional sponsorship, while meetings are held bi-monthly. Members may attend either meetings or educational activities as their schedules permits.
NANNPU’s Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers. The board consists of a president, past presidents, Vice-president, advisory board chairman, secretary, Asst. secretary, Treasurer, financial secretary, social director, provost and committee chairpersons.