Since its establishment in 1977, the California Association for Nurse Practitioners has provided a forum and unifying voice for nurse practitioners statewide, often joining forces with other state and national organizations, to advance the profession and bridge health care needs. As the one advocate solely dedicated to nurse practitioners in California, it works for the advancement and recognition of its constituents. As a conduit of information, it fosters the dissemination of ideas, advice and standards of practice. As a network of professionals, it brings nurse practitioners together to enhance their collective potential. In California’s dynamic health care environment, CANP is a powerful agent of change and upholder of professional standards, for the benefit of all nurse practitioners.