Becoming a Fellow

faanplogorevAANP Fellows are selected based on outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policy. Consideration of applying to become an AANP Fellow begins with a self-assessment, followed by securing an invitation by a Fellow who will sponsor your application process. Information is provided to assist NPs in determining if they are ready to pursue FAANP membership.

So You Want to be a Fellow?

Becoming a Fellow is more than submitting an application and some references. It begins with making an impact on the NP profession by writing and publishing articles, conducting research, developing clinical practice models, teaching innovations, and influencing health policy.

To apply to become an FAANP member, an applicant must:
  • Be an AANP NP member.
  • Meet the selection criteria of demonstrated exceptional contributions and outcomes in two of the following areas: research, clinical practice, education or policy.
  • Secure an invitation to apply from a primary sponsor and an endorsement to apply from a secondary sponsor.

The FAANP application process opens every fall with a limited number of new FAANP members selected the following spring. However, the process to prepare for application should start at least a year before the application period.

Supporting Evidence Examples

Evidence supporting contributions in each of the four FAANP membership priority areas may include accomplishments such as the examples listed below. In all cases, quantifiable outcomes are critical in supporting the application:

  • Research Investigator led research, translational research and evaluative research with a focus on NPs and their practice. Extensive practice-based outcome research. Accomplishments documented could include the number of grants, awards, publications, and other dissemination activities.
  • Clinical Practice Development of models to influence population health, establishing community-based programs contributing to local community needs, entrepreneurial activities associated with program development or non-traditional practice sites, and influencing professional evidence-based practice standards.
  • Education Teaching innovations or presentations and curriculum development, or NP educational strategies influencing outcomes.
  • Policy Involvement in local, regional, national and international issues, including exemplary service to professional organizations, and interacting with policy or decision makers that affect health policy.
An NP who believes he or she meets the FAANP membership criteria must be invited to apply by an AANP Fellow who will serve as a Primary Sponsor. To secure an invitation of sponsorship:
  1. Research the Fellows Listing & Bios to identify those with similar expertise and/or geographic proximity.
  2. Share your organized, accurate and up-to-date CV and supporting evidence with potential sponsors, with the goal of having an opportunity to explore their potential sponsorship of your application and/or providing recommendations on strengthening your evidence.
Learn more about what it takes to be an AANP Fellow with the following resources and tips.
  1. Review the Officers of FAANP and Fellows bios via the FAANP Leadership and Fellows Listing & Bios pages, the FAANP Forum newsletter and online research.
  2. Network with Fellows at the Meet & Greet session at the National AANP Conference.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the FAANP Forum newsletter and FAANP initiatives.
  4. Read Fellowship in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Volume 21, Issue 11, November 2009, pages 579–584, Rodney W. Hicks, Christell O. Bray, Roger Green, and Karen Koozer Olson.
  5. Look through the So You Want to be a Fellow slide presentation, for a one-stop overview of FAAANP including future Fellow tips, examples of viable evidence and supporting documents, application deficiency information, and more.