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ANCC Hires Inaugural Director of APRN Initiatives


Zachary Levine



Keziah Proctor



SILVER SPRING, MD - The ANA Enterprise is pleased to welcome Sean DeGarmo, PhD, RN, ENP-BC, FNP-BC, ACNS-BC, as the inaugural American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Director, APRN Initiatives. 

In this role, Dr. DeGarmo coordinates issues impacting Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) within the ANA Enterprise. He serves as a primary resource for colleges and universities and supports data collection related to APRN practice.  He also serves as a resource to multiple departments, including but not limited to:  ANA Health Policy & Government Affairs; Nursing Programs/Nursing Practice & Work Environment; Membership & Constituent Relations; and the ANCC credentialing programs. He will also advocate for APRNs to be allowed to practice to the full extent of their expertise and education.

Dr. DeGarmo has over 20 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, flight nurse, researcher, and educator in academic and non-academic institutions.  He is triple board certified by ANCC, has served on ANCC content expert panels, and is a member of several advanced practice professional organizations. He is an accomplished author and presenter.

Dr. DeGarmo holds a BSN from the University of the Incarnate Word and MSN and PhD degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. DeGarmo also holds a post-graduate degree in nursing as an emergency nurse practitioner and is licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic.


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