The Coalition’s Operating Procedures
The CNAP operates on consensus. If a decision has the potential to harm any group of APNs, the Coalition does not pursue it without specific approval by the group that might be harmed. It is a “one for all and all for one” philosophy set forth in the operating principles adopted in February 1992 (CNAP, 1992). These principles have never been amended and serve to keep the CNAP true to its roots. The structure is nimble and produces swift decisions when needed.
The consensus model is a key to the CNAP’s continued existence and success. The leaders who established the CNAP knew that power must be balanced among the four APN groups. CNAP representatives need to have a good understanding of each other’s practices to make wise policy decisions. To that end, the initial CNAP representatives educated the lobbyist and each other about each APN role’s history, legal framework for practice, and resulting practice barriers, as well as the history and structure of each member organization.