Speaker Biography
Jan Towers, PhD, NP-C, CRNP, FAANP
Director of Health Policy
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Current Position:
Director of Health Policy
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Washington, DC

BSN Duke University, Durham, NC
MS University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PhD University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Other Positions Held:
School of Medicine Faculty, Pennsylvania State University, Department of Family and Community Medicine; Director of Family Nurse Program, Georgetown University; Director of Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Widener University; Graduate Faculty, Pennsylvania State University Nurse Practitioner Program.

Clinical Positions:
Current: Health Care for the Homeless, Frederick, MD. Has also held clinical positions in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA; Dickenson College Health Program, Carlisle, PA; Adams County Migrant Clinic, Gettysburg, PA.

Dr. Towers has been active in the area of health policy at the national level for over fifteen years, working in behalf of nurse practitioners and their patients to facilitate appropriate regulation, utilization and support for nurse practitioner practice during that time. She has served as a health policy consultant for multiple government and private programs and agencies, including the national advisory committee for the primary care initiatives grants sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The author of numerous publications related to nurse practitioner practice, she is also founding editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Delta Omega honorary fraternities and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners