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The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is a professional organization of nurse practitioners (NPs) 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, equity and inclusion (DEI) to strengthen our collective 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 (P.E.A.R.L). AANP leadership is 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 DEI efforts and initiatives and use technology, training and collaboration to promote DEI awareness and activities throughout the organization.
Diversity has been a topic of discussion among AANP leaders for several years. The leaders realized that to provide the best care and advocacy for our patients, NPs 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 AANP Board of Directors the following year. The group made recommendations to develop an infrastructure that would sustain DEI throughout all domains of the organization (NP practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership). This presentation catalyzed the development of the DEI Committee, which was assembled in Spring 2017 and chartered by Summer 2018.
Please reference these helpful links and resources to see what the DEI Committee is currently reading and expand your understanding of DEI.
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 DEI Committee? Fill out this form to let us know.