Position Statements

Where Your Nurse Practitioner (NP) Community Stands on the Issues

You instinctively advocate for your patients, but legislative and political advocacy is no less important to advancing your role as an NP and ensuring excellence in patient care. Position statements are designed to guide and amplify the views of NPs while educating consumers and decision-makers.

AANP has outlined a number of positions on issues of importance for NPs nationwide. In addition, AANP discussion papers offer pros and cons to enhance understanding and encourage continued discussion.

Clinical Outcomes: The Yardstick of Educational Effectiveness

Educational preparation for NPs differs from that of other health care professionals. Discover why outcomes are the best way to evaluate clinician education and measure clinical success and patient safety.

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Commitment to Addressing Health Care Disparities During COVID-19

As a professional home for nurse practitioners (NPs), AANP is committed to empowering all NPs to advance high-quality, equitable care, while addressing health care disparities through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership (PEARL).

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Discussion Paper

The evolution of existing master’s programs to doctoral programs can strengthen programs and NP practice. Read AANP's position on the shift in the academic preparation of nurses in advanced practice.

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Mandated Residency and Fellowship Training Position Statement

All NPs must complete a master's or doctoral degree program and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse (RN) preparation. They undergo rigorous national certification, periodic peer review, clinical outcome evaluations and adhere to a code for ethical practices. View AANP's position on mandated residencies and fellowships for NPs.

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Nurse Practitioner Cost Effectiveness Position Statement

A solid body of evidence demonstrates that NPs have consistently proven to be cost-effective providers of high-quality care for almost 50 years. Explore the many different examples of NP cost effectiveness in this position statement.

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Nurse Practitioner Curriculum Discussion Paper

NPs must complete an accredited graduate program and achieve advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. Read AANP’s affirmation of core elements in NP curriculum.

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Nurse Practitioner Prescriptive Authority Position Statement

Prescribing medications, devices, treatments and modalities is a central component of NP practice. Discover why AANP advocates that NPs have unlimited prescriptive authority in their scope of practice.

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Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care Position Statement

NPs are committed to providing primary care. Gain insight into how NPs are vital to primary care delivery and the role they play in making high-quality, patient-centered health care available to the broadest possible range of consumers.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Position Statement

Adequate access to proper PPE is essential to protecting patients and all health care providers. Learn more about why AANP supports equipping health care providers with proper PPE.

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Quality of Nurse Practitioner Practice Discussion Paper

The body of literature supports the position that NPs provide safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, equitable and evidenced-based care. Review the summary of research supporting the value NPs bring to their patients.

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Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners Discussion Paper

As licensed, independent clinicians, NPs practice autonomously and in coordination with health care professionals and other individuals. Learn more with this overview of the role, education, accountability, and responsibility of NPs.

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Standards for Nurse Practitioner Practice in Retail-based Clinics Position Paper

Health care is moving to make care more convenient and local to where patients live and work, and retail-based clinics are playing a larger role. See a discussion of the standards AANP recommends for retail-based clinics.

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Standards of Practice for Nurse Practitioners Discussion Paper

Whether you are just starting your path to becoming an NP, have been practicing for decades or are simply interested in NP practice, gain valuable information about NPs with this overview of AANP-developed Standards of Practice.

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Team-based Care Position Statement

Team-based care is a systems approach to health care delivery. See AANP's position on the implementation of integrated, multidisciplinary team-based approaches to health care.

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Telehealth Position Statement

Technology has advanced substantially in recent decades, leading to an increase in health tech services such a telehealth. Take a look at AANP's position on the use of the term telehealth and NPs' use of this important technology.

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Therapeutic Use of Marijuana Position Statement

NPs are the health care provider of choice for millions of patients, many of whom are interested in the therapeutic use of marijuana and related compounds. See AANP's stance on marijuana in health care.

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Use of Terms Such as Mid-level Provider and Physician Extender Position Statement

Getting terminology right is key to getting health care right. Some terms, such as mid-level provider or physician extender, are inaccurate and misleading to the public when referring to NPs. Gain an understanding of why AANP endorses clear title use for NPs.

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