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Welcome to the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation

The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of improving health status and quality of care through nurse practitioner innovations in clinical practice, education, research, health policy, and philanthropy. We provide resources that support the advancement of the nurse practitioner profession and focus our activities on making high quality healthcare accessible in the United States and globally.

NPHF's goals are to: 

Enjoy exploring our website and feel free to send us your questions and comments.  We invite you to consider becoming a volunteer for the NPHF- there are many opportunities to give your time and expertise to projects that truly make a difference in people's lives.

Phyllis Arn Zimmer, MN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN
Jennifer A. Koenig, MA, CCMEP
Director of Education and Special Projects
Marjorie Crabtree, DNP, ANP, FNP
ANCC Accredited Provider Program Director 


New in 2023! 

FREE 1.75 CE Course in the Heritage to Health Series

Harnessing the Power of the Arts in End-of-life Care

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This unique, moving eLearning course showcases the use of the Arts as a bridge to bring people together at the end-of-life. Through poignant stories, poems, videoclips, sculpture, and meaningful art forms learners see how the Arts can be used as a powerful clinical therapeutic tool. The perspectives of diverse artists, folklorists, storytellers, and tradition bearers highlight the role of the Arts in providing culturally sensitive end-of-life care to patients and their families, enhancing the trust between patients, families, and the healthcare team.

The course conveys the key elements of cultural awareness, knowledge, skills, and humility to achieve more culturally sensitive, individualized, and meaningful end-of-life care. It introduces the Arts as a clinical tool for supporting patients’ and families’ beliefs, traditions, and customs.

To access this course click on link:

End-of-Life Toolkit
The End-of-Life Toolkit is a set of resources on death and dying, geared to both health professionals and the public. It contains links to textbooks, stories, poems, cultural perspectives on death and dying, as well as compelling video clips, examples of various art forms, and “how to” information to create various types of memorials when an individual passes away. CLICK HERE


Optimizing Patient Care through Telehealth- Pain Management & Opioids: Balancing Risks & Benefits

The goal of this education is to increase the effectiveness of your pain management telehealth visits and keep your patients engaged.
Complete this course (4 short video modules) and earn 1 CME/CE credit. Go to:

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This course is jointly provided by the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation and the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association.


FREE 2 Hour CE: 

From Heritage to Health:  An Arts Centered Approach to Cultural Competence, includes two e-Learning Courses.  Course #1, Concepts of Culturally Sensitive Care focuses on the underlying concepts of culturally sensitive care:  cultural humility, knowledge of various cultures, narrative competency, and structural competency or system “savvy.”  Concepts are presented in a compelling way, with videoclips, images, and stories that enliven and inspire the content. 
To access Course #1, go to

The second course, Welcoming Patients to Your Practice, highlights the key skills needed to reach out and engage patients in their care in a sensitive manner.  Respect and rapport, eye contact, accepting faith-based beliefs, appropriate touch, active listening, and avoiding ethnocentric responses are all highlighted through the artists’ lenses and works. 

To access Course #2, go to


NPHF is Proud to Continue Our Partnerships with SafetyIsThePoint.ORG helps people understand how to dispose of used household sharps safely, no matter where they live, work or travel. It is a free public education campaign supported by a coalition of leading biopharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers: Biogen, Dexcom, Eli Lilly and Company, Embecta, Roche.


NPHF Continues Partnership with Derm for Primary Care®

The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) is pleased to continue our partnership with Derm for Primary Care®, a digital learning platform developed for primary care providers where you will learn how to identify, diagnose and treat common skin conditions that routinely present in a primary care practice. Packed with photos and videos with text and audio, these courses provide clinical scenarios demonstrating how to develop treatment plans for a variety of dermatologic conditions. In addition, you will learn how to do top dermatologic office diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with step-by-step, easy-to-follow videos (e.g. skin biopsies, cryosurgery).

Develop or improve upon a skill set that few of your peers have. Derm for Primary Care® is used in NP training programs across the country and by advanced practice nurses alike. These dermatology courses improve diagnostic and treatment skills, allowing Nurse Practitioners, nurses and other members of the healthcare team to treat their patients, rather than referring them to a specialist. Preview a course by clicking here

Take advantage of a discount offered exclusively for NPHF learners. Enter the code NPHF20 when you register for a course at Derm for Primary Care and you’ll receive a 10% discount on your order. NPs and RNs may earn California BRN CE credit for an additional charge and receive a 10% discount as well.

Be sure to share this information with your NP and RN colleagues as the NPHF strives to bring you high quality educational opportunities that will enhance your clinical practice. 


NPHF Presiden Meets with Dr. Loretta Ford

IMG_4690.JPG NPHF President Phyllis Zimmer met with long-time friend and mentor, and co-founder of the nurse practitioner role, Dr. Loretta Ford.  They discussed healthcare issues and the evolving role of the nurse practitioner in the United States and globally.  Among the topics discussed were innovations in primary care and the on-going importance of the nursing component of the NP role.  Dr. Ford continues to advocate for a strong NP role in public health, health education, and advocacy.  The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation thanks Dr. Ford for her insight and ongoing committment to advancing healthcare through the nurse practitioner role.