Section 1- The name of this organization shall be Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society, hereinafter referred to as INPS.
Purpose and Goals
Section 1- The purpose of INPS shall be:
to advance, support and promote the role of the advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) in Iowa.
to promote accessible quality health care provided by ARNPs.
Section 2- The goals of this group shall be:
to promote excellence in practice, education and research
to serve as a resource for ARNPs
to provide legislative leadership
to advocate for access to quality, cost effective health care
to advance health care policy
to heighten awareness and promote public understanding of the role of the ARNP in Iowa
MembershipSection 1- The membership of INPS shall be composed of Regular, Student, Joint, Associate, and Honorary members.
Section 2- Regular membership shall be open to those registered as ARNPs by the state licensing body. Regular members shall pay dues; they may vote, hold elected or appointed office and serve on committees.
Section 3- Student membership shall be open to anyone enrolled in a program that prepares students to become ARNPs. This category is not available to students who are already an ARNP. Student members may serve on committees but may not vote or serve as officers of INPS. Dues shall be ¼ of Regular member dues.
Section 4- Joint members are those ARNPs who are Full members of Iowa Association of Nurse Practitioners (IANP). Joint members may serve on committees, but may not vote or serve as officers of INPS. Dues shall be ½ of Regular member dues.
Section 5- Associate members are other health care providers who may wish to promote the mission of the organization. Associate members may serve on committees, but may not vote or serve as officers of INPS. Dues shall be ½ of Regular member dues.
Section 6- Honorary members are individuals who have made outstanding contributions which foster the purpose of INPS. They shall be nominated by Regular members and approved by the INPS Board. They may serve on committees, but may not vote, serve as officers of INPS, or pay dues.
Annual DuesSection 1- Annual dues shall be established by the INPS Board of Directors.
Section 2- Membership dues must be paid annually. Dues will validate membership one year from the date of payment to the Membership chair. Regular members in current standing will be allowed to vote at the annual business meeting and in special elections.
Officers and Executive CommitteeSection 1- Officers: The elected officers of INPS shall be: President, President Elect, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer and four Members-At-Large, preferably one from each designated district. To be eligible for election as an officer, the candidate must be a Regular member. Terms of office shall be two years, commencing January 1st following the Fall business meeting, with no more than two successive terms in the same office.
Section 2- The President shall lead the INPS Board of Directors (INPS BOD), provide leadership for INPS, and preside at meetings. The President shall coordinate and set the agenda for INPS board meetings and INPS business meetings. The President serves as Past-President for 1 year after their elected office terminates.
Section 3- The President Elect shall perform the duties of the office of President in the absence of the President and other duties as assigned by the President. The President Elect shall be elected in odd numbered years and assume the role of President in 1 year.
Section 4- The Secretary shall keep minutes for all meetings of the INPS BOD and business meetings. All such minutes shall be distributed to the INPS BOD. The Secretary shall maintain official documents and files of INPS, including correspondence and by-laws. The Secretary shall be elected in even numbered years.
Section 5- The Treasurer shall receive dues and other funds of INPS, deposit such funds in a bank designated by the INPS BOD and disburse funds for approved expenses, keep an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements, give a written report at business and annual meetings, submit books, accounts and vouchers for audit to be completed by February 28th of the year following the completion of the Treasurer’s term. Approval of expenses shall be determined by a quorum of the INPS BOD excluding the Treasurer. The Treasurer serves on the membership and conference committee. The Treasurer shall be elected in odd numbered years.
Section 6- The four District Representatives shall chair one of the Standing Committees (see Article VIII). They shall attend each business and INPS BOD meeting during their tenure. They will live or work in each of the designated districts, if possible. The District representatives from district 1(NW) and 2(SW) will be elected in even numbered years, and the District representatives from district 3(NE) and 4(SE) will be elected in odd numbered years.
Section 7- The INPS BOD: The INPS BOD shall be composed of the elected officers of INPS. The INPS BOD shall meet at least biannually. For all actions a quorum shall be the President or President Elect and four other members. The INPS BOD shall conduct the business of the organization.
Section 8- Transition to Office: Transition of materials and a brief orientation to office shall be the responsibility of the outgoing officer.
Section 9- Succession to Office: In the event of resignation or incapacitation of the President, the President Elect shall succeed. In the unlikely event that both the President and President Elect are incapacitated, the order of succession shall be Secretary and then Treasurer.
Section 10- Removal from Office: Any officer may be removed from office for due cause by 2/3 vote of the Regular members present and voting at a special meeting called for that purpose. No proxy allowed.
Election of OfficersSection 1- Nominations for Office: The chair of the Nominations Committee shall seek nominations for office during the annual conference. In addition, any member may nominate a Regular member with their written consent. Such a nomination must be submitted to the Nominations Committee between a period of 30 days before and 2 weeks after the annual meeting. Ballots will be posted electronically on the INPS website in early December and submitted electronically in accordance with instructions on the ballot.
Section 2- Counting of Ballots: Election results shall be counted by the Webmaster and results reported to the Nominations Committee chair and President. In the case of a tie, the winner shall be determined by lot.
Section 3- Notification of Election: All candidates shall be notified of the results by the President. Election results shall be announced on the INPS web site. New officers shall assume office on January 1st of the following year.
Meetings of the MembershipSection 1- Membership shall be notified by email and the INPS website at least 30 days in advance of all business meetings.
Section 2- There shall be at least one combined business and continuing education meeting each year.
Section 3- All business except that specifically designated by the by-laws shall be decided by majority vote of all voting members present.
Section 4- Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of business at all meetings, except where superseded by these by-laws.
Section 5- Special Meetings: Special meetings may be called by the INPS BOD or three Regular members. General membership must by notified 10 days in advance of a special meeting.
Standing CommitteesSection 1- Standing Committees shall be the Public Relations Committee, Legislative Committee, Conference Committee, Membership Committee, Bylaws Committee, Nominations Committee, and INPS Scholarship Committee. District Representatives will serve as Chair of one of these committees. Other committee chairs will be appointed by the President, with the approval of the INPS BOD. The term of office shall be two years. A member may be re-appointed.
Section 2- All committee chairs will serve as advisors to the INPS BOD re: issues of their committee. They attend INPS BOD phone conferences and the annual meeting but do not vote on the INPS BOD. .
Section 3- The Legislative committee: This committee shall work with the membership, the INPS lobbyist, and other health related organizations to monitor bills, legislation, and administrative rulings of importance to ARNPs and to coordinate any required INPS response.
Section 4- Conference Committee: The purpose of this committee is to promote continuing education offerings for ARNPs. This committee is principally responsible for organizing the continuing education of the annual conference.
Section 5- Membership Committee: The purpose of this committee is to recruit new members, promote retention, and to maintain a list of current members.
Section 6- By-Laws Committee: The purpose of this committee is to originate or consider suggested changes to the By-Laws which further the goals of the Organization. This committee shall submit proposed changes to the By-Laws in accordance with Article X Amendment of By-Laws.
Section 7- Nomination Committee: This committee will serve to obtain nominations from the membership for the elected offices of INPS or other positions as designated by the INPS BOD.
Section 8- Public Relations Committee: The purpose of this committee is to communicate with other groups and state organizations to increase public and professional awareness of ARNPs. This committee is also responsible for INPS Web Site, E-Mail Forums, and social networking.
Section 9- INPS Scholarship Committee: This committee will serve to administer INPS scholarships and professional grants to the membership. The committee will consist of 2-4 members, nominated by any INPS member and approved by a vote of the INPS BOD. The INPS BOD will determine each year the amount money to designate to the grant fund.
Ad Hoc CommitteesSection 1- The formation of Ad Hoc Committees may be authorized by the INPS BOD or by vote of the membership.
Section 2- All Ad Hoc Committees shall make reports to the INPS BOD and to the membership.
Section 3- Ad Hoc Committees shall remain functional until their work is completed or until they are disbanded by the authorizing body.
Section 4- Any member of INPS may serve on an Ad Hoc Committee.
Amendment of By-LawsSection 1-Amendments with Notice: These By–laws may be amended at the Annual Meeting by a 2/3 vote of the Regular members present, or online by 2/3 of the total Regular membership. All suggestions for proposed amendments shall be referred to the By-laws Committee. These shall be in the possession of the Secretary of the INPS BOD at least 45 days before the date of the Annual Meeting or online voting, and shall be emailed to members and posted on the members only section of the website 30 days prior to the vote.
Section 2- Amendments without Notice: These By-laws may be amended without previous notice at the Annual Meeting by a vote of approval from at least 90 percent of the Regular members in attendance.
Section 3- Publication of Change. By-laws changes approved at the Annual Meeting shall be published on the INPS web page.
INPS By-Laws 5-22-1999