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The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is a professional organization of Nurse Practitioners composed of a diverse group of individuals, including those from different specialties, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, ages, religious backgrounds, genders, gender identities and sexual orientations. AANP will harness the power of diversity and inclusion (D&I) to strengthen our professional and clinical excellence. AANP will empower all NPs to advance high quality equitable health care, while addressing health disparities, through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership. AANP leadership are committed to fostering an inclusive environment, which will enable recruitment and retention of a diverse membership that reflects the communities served. AANP will maintain an infrastructure to support D&I efforts and initiatives and use technology, training and collaboration to promote D&I awareness and activities throughout the organization.
Diversity has been a topic of discussion amongst AANP leaders for several years. The leaders realized that to provide the best care and advocacy for our patients, we must understand, value and represent those visible and hidden differences that make our patients unique. It was determined the entire organization should reflect the diverse populations we serve as NPs and demonstrate its commitment to diversity. In 2015, a diverse group of NPs came together in the AANP leadership program and decided to make diversity the focus of their project which was presented to the Board the following year. The group made recommendations to develop an infrastructure that would sustain D&I throughout all domains of the organization (NP practice, education, advocacy, research, leadership). This presentation catalyzed the development of the D&I committee which was assembled in Spring 2017 and chartered by Summer 2018.
Please reference these helpful links and resources to see what the D&I committee is currently reading and expand your understanding of D&I.
Have you experienced a diversity success story in your workplace or patient population that you'd like to share? Have you come across an article, video or other resources from which you think the rest of the AANP community can benefit? How about feedback for the D&I Committee? Fill out this form to let us know.