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ANCC Certification Accreditation Manager Diane Thompkins Receives the 2020 Friend of NONPF Award


Zachary Levine



Keziah Proctor



SILVER SPRING, MD - The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which promotes excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs, is pleased to announce that Certification Accreditation Manager Diane Thompkins, MS, RN, has been recognized  by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) with the 2020 Friend of NONPF Award.

The annual award is presented by NONPF and celebrates the work of nurses who make significant contributions to NONPF. Previous winners have volunteered at NONPF meetings, promoted NONPF’s mission, developed products, and even sponsored awards.

Thompkins was selected by the NONPF Board of Directors for her years long work with the group, and for her ongoing commitment to the pursuit of quality nurse practitioner education.

“We are thrilled that NONPF has recognized Diane Thompkins with the Friend of NONPF Award for her outstanding contributions to the organization", said ANCC Senior Vice President for Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, and the Institute for Credentialing Research and Quality Management Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN. “Diane has long been a recognized champion for Nurse Practitioners and their faculty, working tirelessly on their behalf at ANCC.  Always a thoughtful contributor to any discussion, Diane embodies the values of integrity and excellence in all her work and we are so pleased that NONPF has chosen this year, the Year of the Nurse, to recognize Diane.”

As Certification Accreditation Manager, Thompkins has provided guidance to ANCC leadership and staff on APRN board certification, in addition to evaluating the complex certification applications for eligibility determination. She has also managed all elements of accreditation of certification programs in accordance with the standards set by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) and National Commission on Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

“I am thrilled to receive such a prestigious award,” said Thompkins. “NONPF’s mission of providing timely and critical resources for nurse practitioner educators is an essential part of transforming health care for the better. And I am honored to support it.”

Thompkins holds a BSN from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a certificate in Flight Nursing from the School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, and a Master of Science, Nursing Education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.



The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is to promote excellence in nursing and healthcare globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education and accredits transition to practice programs and prepares nurses for new practice roles. For more information about ANCC, visit us at and follow us on Twitter. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

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