AANP At-A-Glance

The mission of AANP, a full-service national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties, is to lead NPs in transforming patient centered health care.


With more than 85,000 individual members and 200 NP Organization members, AANP represents the interests of more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the United States. NP members may qualify for a $10.00 discount on membership dues, if you belong to a local, state or national organization that is a current member of AANP. For a list of current NP organization members, visit orglistings.aanp.org.

Advocacy and Government Affairs

AANP believes that NPs should have an lead role in our health care system and we work at the national and state levels to shape health policy.

Our top priorities are modernizing state practice laws and removing barriers that prevent patients from accessing the full services of NPs.  Over the past two years, with AANP's assistance, more than 30 state laws were passed in support of NPs and their patients. These included laws for admitting privileges, signature recognition, advanced directives and prescriptive authority.  AANP's federal staff works with Members of Congress, CMS, regulators and national policy stakeholders on implementation of provisions in the Affordable Care Act, modernizing Medicare and Medicaid laws and regulations, medical homes for NPs, and appropriations.

AANP members are encouraged to log into their MyAANP account for additional policy supports created exclusively for our members.


AANP hosts a variety of conferences annually, including National, Specialty & Leadership and Health Policy.

Registration now open for the 2019 AANP Health Policy Conference, February 3-5, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Save the Date!
2019 AANP National Conference
June 18-23, 2019
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, IN


Publications include: 

  • AANP SmartBrief, a daily e-newsletter highlighting cutting-edge news impacting NPs
  • Two monthly peer-reviewed journals, Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP) and The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP)
  • Your Partner in Health - The Nurse Practitioner (an NP brochure available in English and Spanish).
  • A variety of position, policy and discussion papers are also available

Marketing & Communications

AANP markets and advocates for NPs extensively through multiple activities such as print and broadcast media interviews, legislative testimony, and numerous partnerships, alliances and coalitions. AANP is active in supporting collaborative agreements with government agencies, organizations within nursing and other disciplines, and with health care industry members. AANP participates in numerous national, state and local conferences.

Publications include: AANP SmartBrief, a daily e-newsletter highlighting cutting-edge news impacting NPs; two monthly peer-reviewed journals, Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP) and The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP); and Your Partner in Health - The Nurse Practitioner (an NP brochure available in English and Spanish). A variety of position, policy and discussion papers are also available.

AANP communicates with media outlets, journalists and others to build awareness of NPs and the NP profession. Our Press Room provides news articles, broadcasts, press releases and media tools to help keep NPs in the news.

NPFinder is an online resource to help consumers locate NPs in their communities . NP members wishing to list their practice sites where they are accepting new patients or to update information for NPFinder.com can click here.


Education & Research

AANP members receive free CE activities through a variety of resources and formats. AANP provides CE approval and accreditation for hundreds of meetings and materials each year. Also, AANP has a comprehensive nationwide list of NP programs of all specialties.

AANP maintains the only national NP database of all practicing NPs and conducts national surveys gathering critical data about NP demographics, workforce, practice and prescribing. The AANPNR, created in 2002, is a national NP practice-based research network.



AANP has a rapidly increasing international presence, welcoming international members and participating in international activities. AANP is a founding member of the Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network (NP/APNN)


Fellows of the AANP (FAANP)

The FAANP Program was established in 2000 to recognize NPs who have made outstanding contributions in health care practice, research, education and/or policy and to facilitate leadership within the NP profession. An FAANP top priority is the development of mentorship and leadership programs for NPs.

Join the Conversation

AANP social media channels are a great way to connect with other NPs and industry professionals, stay current on the latest NP and health care news, and remain in touch with the organization.

  • Follow AANP on Twitter. Go to AANP's Twitter feed to follow the latest news from AANP and other items of interest to NPs.
  • Like AANP's Facebook Page. Go to AANP's Facebook Page and hit the "Like" button.
  • Join AANP's LinkedIn Group. Go to LinkedIn and submit a request to join.
  • Two NP specific networks are also now available.  Generation NP built by NPs for NPs, provides centralized access to essential resources and tools, including research and continuing education, and makes networking and collaboration with your fellow NPs a breeze.  Connect with AANP and other nurse practitioners by joining AANP's group on ENP.

Board of Directors & State Representatives

AANP is governed by an elected Board of Directors comprised of four officers and 11 regional directors. Elected representatives in every state serve as liaisons for AANP members and other NPs at state and local levels.

Offices & Staff

AANP has two offices. The AANP National Administration Office is located in Austin, TX and houses membership, finance, communications, conferences/meetings, education/CE, research, publications, information technology and administrative operations. The AANP Office of Government Affairs is located in Alexandria, VA and is a major resource for health policy, legislative, regulatory and political action committee (PAC) activities, as well as practice issues affecting NPs. Visit our Contact AANP page.