Congratulations Dr. Stock!

Nancy Stock

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership is proud to announce the accomplishments of their faculty. Nancy Stock, DNP has recently become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Stock joined the MSUM faculty in August 2015 as Assistant Professor to fill an emergency leave of absence request. She is currently teaching undergraduate courses including gerontologic nursing and research/Evidence-based practice along with graduate-level physical assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology courses.

Her vast clinical experience serves as a solid foundation to educate our nursing students for contemporary practice. She has been in clinical practice as a board certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) since graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1996. In May 2015, she earned her DNP from Walden University with her doctoral work focused on developing an Emergency NP residency program for the Critical Access Hospital setting. She has worked in primary care in northwestern Minnesota for nearly 20 years and for the past 18 years, expanded her clinical practice to Critical Access Hospitals including emergency department coverage. Although she has been board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a FNP for nearly 20 years, she has recently added the credential of Emergency Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified to her list of accomplishments.

According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, there are an estimated 12,000 emergency NPs in the United States. NPs of all specialties have been working the emergency department since the 1980s filling workforce shortages. Emergency Nurse Practitioner competencies were first published by the Emergency Nurses Association in 2008. Unfortunately, there are very few programs available to specifically prepare NPs for emergency care. As of January 1st, 2016, there are only 7 university-based programs in the U.S. that formally prepare Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) as a subspecialty to either Family or Acute Care Nurse Practitioner programs. There are approximately 10 postgraduate fellowship or residency programs located at Level I trauma centers that also provide specialty emergency training. With so few programs and ENP candidates, the Emergency Nurses Association collaborated with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2013 to develop a portfolio review process to certify qualified candidates.
Certification through portfolio is designed to objectively assess specialized knowledge, understanding, and application of professional nursing practice and theory through a review of a collective body of work presented in a nurse’s portfolio. Eligible candidates must document 2000 hours of emergency clinical practice within the past 3 years, maintain a base certification (family, adult, pediatric or acute care NP), complete 30 hours of continuing education in emergency care, and demonstrate exemplary performance in two of five professional development and leadership categories. The portfolio then requires candidates to document qualifications within four domains (professional development, professional and ethical nursing practice, teamwork and collaboration, and patient safety/quality) along with performance evaluation provided the framework for the portfolio. Board certified reviewers then review the portfolio and determine if certification be granted.

American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (2015). Overview of emergency Nurse practitioners. Retrieved from
American Nurses Credentialing center (2013). American nurses credentialing certification-ENP-BC. Retrieved from


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