The state representative serves as the key state contact person for the regional director, AANP Board of Directors (BOD), committees and executive staff. State representatives are accountable to the BOD. The state representative actively serves to represent the interests of AANP, its members and the community at large.
- Assist the regional director and staff in maintaining current relationships and information regarding activities of nurse practitioners within the state for which they have been elected or appointed to serve.
- Communicate with regional directors and executive staff as appropriate regarding legislative and practice issues.
- Communicate regularly and work in concert with the AANP Office of Government Affairs to ensure the timely exchange of information concerning pending and planned state policy engagements and other initiatives
- Activities in the area may include assisting with grassroots membership messaging, facilitating background research-related support and other events pertaining to legislation and policies affecting AANP or the NP community.
- To ensure consistency with AANP organizational policies and positions, advanced coordination and approval from a Vice President (VP) of Government Affairs, regional director or member of the executive staff of AANP is required before using the title of "AANP State Representative" during policy hearings or official policy correspondence.
- Communication Information or concerns from intrastate NP Organization members to the regional director.
- Facilitate networking within the state by communicating key message points to individual members, NP Organization members and others who support the practice of nurse practitioners. This may include the following:
- Coordinate with AANP to disseminate AANP-approved messages related to NP policy, practice and issues the impact the profession, and assist AANP in disseminating organizational communication within the state.
- Partner with AANP staff in responding to state-specific inquiries on NP practice.
- Assist with AANP Research, Education and Professional Practice Department surveys and other information gathering projects.
- Coordinate and implement annual State Award for Excellence program. State representatives are responsible for assisting in the call for nominations process, formulating and facilitating selection committee activity, and fully participating in the Salute to the States ceremony at the AANP annual conference, including the presentation of award in their home state (refer to the state representative website for specific annual program details and timeline to plan and execute State Award for Excellence activities).
- Attend and participate in the regional invitational leadership meetings.
- Assist regional director and AANP staff with attendee nominations for these meetings;
- Present state issues during the regional leadership meetings;
- Actively engage guests in policy dialogues, and facilitate discussions as appropriate;
- Provide networking and coalition building assistance at these meetings.
- Promote AANP to NP educational programs in the state.
- Assist AANP in maintaining current information on NP programs in the state;
- Provide guest lectures and AANP materials to faculty and students, as requested;
- Raise awareness of resource materials available to students and others on the AANP website.
- Facilitate AANP public and media relations for the state.
- Represent AANP or arrange for AANP representation at local and state meetings and conferences.
- Host AANP exhibit booth at state and regional conferences, as available. The AANP materials request form is available on the state representative website.
- Coordinate with AANP VP of Communication and staff to develop and distribute news releases, serve as an AANP media contact in the state and identify possible media opportunities for AANP and NPs.
- Partner with regional director and VP of Communication to promote state recognition of national NP Week each November. Added details and a resource guide to help plan and execute NP week activities will be available on the AANP website in September each year.
- Recruit individuals and NP organizations in state for AANP membership.
- Submit a written report using the state reporting site, as requested by the regional director.
- Attend and actively participate at the AANP National Conference and other meetings, as requested.
- AANP National Conference participation requirements include, but may not be limited to the following: State Representative and Regional Director Luncheon, State Representative Meeting, Annual Membership Meeting, Regional Break-Out Sessions, NP Organization Member Leadership Meeting and the Salute to the States Award Ceremony and Reception.
- Unexcused absences at required conference events could result in a denial of full travel reimbursement
- Participate in AANP conference calls as scheduled.
- Maintain active AANP membership.
Work with regional director, BOD, executive staff and ad-hoc committees. Maintain close communication with regional director and accessibility to membership in state.
Maintain contact with state level agencies, organizations, programs, consumer and public groups. May have contact with state legislative bodies and press.