Office of Professional Nursing Development

The Office of Professional Nursing Development provides excellent opportunities to nurses and other health professionals to addresses gaps in knowledge, competence, and/or performance, as well as help disseminate evidence-based knowledge and skills.

In order to meet these goals, the office:

  • Strives to provide lifelong, cutting-edge educational opportunities for health professionals
  • Aims to familiarize nurses with the latest evidence-based practices
  • Promotes an improved understanding of leadership and evolving practice trends.


The mission of the Office of Professional Nursing Development- University of Florida (OPND-UF) is to be a champion for the advancement of nursing science, nursing education, and clinical practice of professional nurses. This is accomplished by providing high-quality evidence-based educational activities based upon emerging patterns within nursing and healthcare, societal needs, and the identified needs of the registered nurse and advanced practice nurse learner

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Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)

Under the NLC, nurses can practice in other NLC states, without having to obtain additional licenses.

NLC Compact

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Director: Karen Reed, MSN, DHSc, RN, CNE, CNL, CRRN, Clinical Assistant Professor