Loretta Ford, the founder of the national nurse practitioner movement will be telling her story at an event on the campus of the University of Wyoming.

According to a UW release, Ford will be in an interview with UW's Distinguished Emeritus Professor Pete Simpson in the College of Business Scarlett Auditorium May 23rd at 2 p.m. The University goes on to say the event is free for the public to attend and a reception will follow the interview at the College of Business atrium.

The release goes onto say nurse Loretta Ford who working alongside physician Henry Silver in 1965 helped create the nurse practitioner (NP) role and gave the world the first NP program at the University of Colorado. The UW release says Ford continues to show support for NP's where now there are approximately 150,000 licensed across the U.S. The UW release states that the NP education requires a minimum of a master's degree and now is developing toward a doctoral degree known as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The University has the UW Fay W. Whitney Nursing DNP program which opened just last fall and has 14 students in the Family Practitioner field.

According to the National Women's Hall of Fame, Ford was recruited as a founding dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing in 1972. The University says Ford has written over 100 publications and now is a speaker and lecturer in many different organizations and universities.

The release goes onto say that UW alumnus and Professor Emeritus Simpson has

Courtesy of the University of Wyoming
Courtesy of the University of Wyoming

contributed a lifetime of dedication to the state and university. The University says they're honored to have a popular and an entertaining speaker on hand for this interview with Ford.

The event will be on Thursday, May 23rd at 2 p.m. in the College of Business Scarlett Auditorium.