2017 AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence

Clinical Professor Susanne Phillips, DNP, APRN, from the UC Irvine Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing
Susanne Phillips, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Clinical Professor

Dr. Susanne Phillips will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2017 National Conference June 20-25, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.  The State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes a nurse practitioner (NP) in a state who demonstrates excellence in practice.  In 1993, the State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate was added to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of NPs.  

Dr. Susanne Phillips is a clinically-practicing, board-certified family nurse practitioner with expertise in regulatory and legislative aspects of nursing practice. She is a Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine where she serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Affairs as well as the Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration.  Serving as a Co-Lead for the California Action Coalition’s efforts to remove barriers to nursing scope of practice since 2011, Susanne provides policy expertise and was instrumental in convening the state APRN associations in this effort.  Appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2005, Dr. Phillips served on the California Board of Registered Nursing as the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse member for 4 years where she chaired the Nursing Practice Committee, was a member of the Education and Licensing Committee, and was elected Vice President and President of the BRN by fellow board members. Dr. Phillips held the position of Director of Health Policy and Practice for the California Association for Nurse Practitioners for 10 years; responsible for the legislative and regulatory policy agenda for the Association including acquisition of Schedule II controlled substances prescriptive authority and Medicaid reimbursement. She has lobbied extensively on NP practice issues within the legislative and administrative branches of government at the state and national level. Dr. Phillips completed her DNP at Yale University in the School of Nursing’s inaugural Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) class in May 2015, with a capstone focus involving national trends in APRN practice authority.


The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 222,000 NPs, including approximately 72,000 individual members and 200 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers.  For more information, visit