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Elections

2022 AANP Election

Members of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) are a crucial component of the organization’s leadership. AANP relies on the experience and expertise of nurse practitioner (NP) leaders to guide the association and advance the NP role.

AANP’s board of directors (BOD) is comprised of the Chief Executive Officer (non-voting member) and NPs who are elected by association members. In addition to the four officers and 11 regional directors who serve on the BOD, eligible AANP members also have the opportunity to vote for their state representatives and members of the AANP Nomination Council.

Important Dates

  • October 4–31, 2021 — Nominations open.
  • January 30, 2022 — Slate of candidates, bios and campaign messages are posted.
  • March 10–31, 2022 — Voting is held via Survey and Ballot Systems website.
  • April 2, 2022 — Election results are posted.
  • June 26, 2022 — Term of office begins (last day of the national conference)

Call for Nominations

  • Overview and Term Limits

    The AANP Nomination Council issued the Call for Nominations for the 2022 election on October 4, 2021. The deadline for applications to be received by AANP is October 31, 2021.

    AANP individual members in good standing for the 12 months prior to October 4, 2021, may submit their information for consideration as a candidate in the 2022 election. Please refer to the section below titled “Eligibility to Run for Office” for additional information regarding eligibility.

    All nominations will be reviewed by members of the AANP Nomination Council, who will vet nominees and develop a slate to be submitted to the Board of Directors that will reflect expertise and diversity. Optimally, at least two but no more than three candidates will be slated per position. Candidates will be listed in alphabetical order by last name on the aanp.org website and in all other instances that do not allow for a dynamic listing. Moreover, the incumbents will be listed as follows in the alphabetical list: Incumbent Name (Incumbent). On the ballot, the names — including the incumbent’s name — will all be listed dynamically, with the same notation for an incumbent as above. Dynamic means that the order of candidates will be randomly generated for each person logging in to vote.

    The term of office for members of the AANP Board of Directors and state representatives is two years, and the term of office for Nomination Council members is three years. All elected officers will begin their term at the close of the 2022 AANP National Conference that will be held in Orlando, Florida, June 21-26, 2022.

    Term Limits

    • Board of Directors — three consecutive elected terms (per office).
    • State Representatives — four consecutive elected terms.
    • Nomination Council — two consecutive elected terms.

    Applications that are incomplete or contain excessive typographical or grammatical errors will not be corrected or edited and may be eliminated from consideration.

  • Positions on 2022 Ballot

    Board of Directors

    Officers

    President-elect

    The estimated time commitment is 25–30 hours per month and varies by month.

    Recording Secretary

    The estimated time commitment is 20–30 hours per month and varies by month.

    Regional Directors

    The estimated time commitment is 15–20 hours per month, which does not include in-person board meetings.
    • Region 2 Director — NJ, NY, Puerto Rico.
    • Region 4 Director — KY, NC, SC, TN.
    • Region 6 Director — AR, LA, OK, TX.
    • Region 8 Director — CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY.
    • Region 10 Director — AK, ID, OR, WA.

    State Representatives

    The estimated time commitment is 5-10 hours per month.

    Alabama, Arizona, California (North), California (South), Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida (North), Florida (South), Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pacific U.S. Territories, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

    Nomination Council

    The estimated time commitment is 10-15 hours per month and varies by month.

    Four positions are available.

    View Position Descriptions

  • Eligibility to Run for Office

    To qualify for nomination, an AANP individual member:

    • Must be an active member in good standing with no lapse in membership for the 12 months prior to October 4, 2021.
    • Must have an unencumbered license or registration as a registered nurse or advanced practice nurse.
    • Must not have been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a felony.

    Any individual member who meets these basic qualifications, as well as the additional qualifications listed below, is eligible to submit an application for the following positions.

    Membership Categories and Eligible Positions

    • NP — national, regional or state.
    • Licensed NP Student — national, regional or state.
    • Career Starter — national, regional or state.
    • Student — state representative.
    • Retired — state representative.

    Eligibility Criteria for Specific Offices

    • State representatives must reside in the state they wish to represent.
    • Regional directors must maintain primary residence within their respective region. In order to run for regional director, the candidate should have experience as an AANP state representative or have equivalent experience and demonstrated leadership in AANP or other organizations.
    • Board of directors officers must have completed at least one two-year term on the AANP Board of Directors within the past six years.
  • Nomination Process

    Nominations for the 2022 AANP Election opened on October 4, 2021. The nominations process is detailed below.

    • All nominations must be submitted electronically to AANP on the online 2022 AANP Election Nomination Form by October 31, 2021.
    • Nominations must be accompanied by a brief bio-sketch and an abbreviated CV, not to exceed a total of two pages in length.
    • All incumbent officeholders eligible to seek re-election must submit forms and complete the nomination application process.
    • All nominations are subject to review by the AANP Nomination Council.
    • Anyone submitting a nomination must comply with the following:
      • Prospective candidates must read, understand and agree to abide by the AANP Conflict of Interest (COI) and Confidentiality Policy and sign the Certificate of Agreement and Statement of Disclosure. The completed AANP online COI must be received by AANP in order to be considered for the 2022 election.
      • Prospective candidates must read and agree to the responsibilities and estimated time commitments of the position being sought, as well as the AANP Election Campaign Process and Procedures, and check the appropriate box on the application.
      • Prospective candidates should review the AANP Bylaws.
    • Candidate photos are encouraged. Candidates are asked to include a “professional” photo headshot, though not necessarily made by a professional photographer. Please note the following criteria for photos:
      • Must be submitted electronically in JPG format with the nomination application.
      • Should be in color, rather than black and white.
      • Should be a photo of the candidate alone (no group shots or photos with other people, children or pets).

    After submitting your nomination application, please make sure that you receive a return notice indicating the nomination has been received. If you do not receive this after submission, please contact elections@aanp.org for further instructions.

  • Campaign Process and Procedures

    Candidates running for office in the 2022 AANP election will have two opportunities to campaign for the desired position — a campaign flyer and campaign message (described below). All instructions must be followed when submitting campaign materials.

    The 2022 slate of candidates will be finalized in January 2022; once the slate is finalized, candidates will receive a link to a video featuring the AANP President that will explain campaign rules and provide examples of violations. These rules will be aligned with the Election Campaign Process and Procedures that are identified below. Please keep the Election Campaign Process and Procedures in mind when submitting your application. You may be asked to edit or change your campaign flyer or message at any time if your campaign materials do not align with the Election Campaign Process and Procedures.

    Violation of the AANP Election Campaign Process and Procedures may result in removal from the ballot or may void that candidate’s election. Candidates are responsible for any campaign activity conducted, either directly or indirectly, on behalf of that individual.

    Campaign Flyer

    • Limited to one page.
    • May include any combination of photos, other design elements or text.
    • Must be completed and submitted with your nomination form.

    Campaign Messages

    • Candidates for state, regional or national office will have the opportunity to campaign via a one-time message, submitted with the application by October 31, 2021. The message created by the candidate will consist of a paragraph (not to exceed 150 words) showcasing their qualifications.
    • This message will be distributed by AANP to members eligible to vote in the election — individual candidates do not distribute the message. AANP does not permit any other type of campaign activities by individual candidates.
    • AANP does not permit candidates to access any AANP listserv for the purpose of promoting individual campaigns.

    Campaign Process and Procedures

    All candidates must comply with the following AANP Election Campaign Process and Procedures. In order to be considered for placement on the ballot, candidates must acknowledge that they have read, understand and agree to abide by the campaign process and procedures. Failure to do so will prohibit that candidate’s consideration for placement on the ballot.

    No solicitation of votes by candidates will be allowed, except as outlined in the AANP Election Campaign Process and Procedures.

    Candidate activities NOT allowed for campaigning purposes include but are not limited to:

    • Use of social and electronic media, such as posting campaign information on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
    • Use of an AANP current listserv, or reproduction of any previous AANP listserv, to distribute campaign information.
    • Distribution of campaign materials, such as buttons, pens and direct mail pieces.
    • Acceptance or solicitation of corporate or institutional sponsorship for purpose of AANP campaigning.
    • Acceptance of AANP NP Organization member endorsements or personal campaigning for individual candidates.
    • Soliciting or encouraging others to campaign on their behalf.
    • Campaigning by an individual for the purpose of endorsing a candidate or providing negative comments or information about candidates to discourage voting support for this candidate.
    • Conducting public speeches, phone solicitation, articles or editorials.

    AANP has developed a campaign policy allowing candidates equal access to AANP members during the election process. Each candidate is responsible for compliance with the approved campaign policy procedures, as follows:

    1. Candidate information will be placed on the official ballot, which will include the candidate’s position statement and information provided by the candidate on their nomination application.
    2. Election information will be published in the AANP e-Bulletin, in AANP SmartBrief and on the AANP website.
    3. A personal message from the candidate to the AANP membership will be distributed by AANP, if received by the deadline as stated in the official Call for Nominations.
    4. AANP NP Organization members may contact eligible members of their organization to encourage them to exercise their right to vote but may not endorse any specific candidate.
    5. AANP will post information about the election and candidates on the AANP Facebook site and other social media channels, as deemed appropriate by AANP.
    6. Campaign guidelines will be published in the official Call for Nominations.
    7. If a candidate has possibly violated any portion of the campaign policy, this will be referred to the AANP president. If a violation occurred, a recommendation will then be sent to the full AANP Board of Directors, with the possibility of removing the candidate from the ballot or voiding that candidate’s election.
  • Eligibility to Vote

    AANP individual membership must be current as of February 1, 2022, to be eligible to vote for the following positions in the 2022 election:

    Membership Categories and Positions

    • NP — state, regional and national office.
    • Licensed NP Student — state, regional and national office.
    • Career Starter — state, regional and national office.
    • Student — state representative in their state.
    • Retired — state, regional and national office.

    If you have questions or need additional information, email Beverly McLemore at elections@aanp.org.

    Note: Individuals elected as board officers, regional directors and state representatives are expected to attend meetings held 24 to 48 hours prior to the start of the 2022 AANP National Conference. Candidates for these positions should not make airline reservations for conference prior to learning the outcome of the election; however, for best availability of conference sessions and hotel accommodations, all candidates are encouraged to register for conference and make their room reservations prior to AANP’s announcement of election results.


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