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2021 State of the Association Member Update

Come See How Your Association Represented You, Your Patients and the NP Role This Past Year
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July 24, 2021 3:00pm – 4:00pm (ET) Online

This program does not include continuing education (CE) credit.

Join the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) for the annual State of the Association Member Update. AANP President April Kapu, Immediate Past President Sophia Thomas, Treasurer Kathy Wheeler and new CEO Jon Fanning will present a recap of AANP activities, legislative work, membership growth, association financials and much more. This is your opportunity to learn firsthand how AANP has represented you, your patients and the nurse practitioner (NP) role over the past year and to see what's in store for the future. The 2021 State of the Association Member Update is free to attend and open to all AANP members.

Event Details
  • Details

    Details About the 2021 State of the Association Member Update

    When: July 24, 2021, 3-4 p.m. ET.

    Where: Online via the AANP CE Center.

    Cost: Free.

    CE credit: This program does not include CE credit.

    Eligibility: All AANP members may attend.

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    Be Informed About Your Membership!

    The 2021 State of the Association Member Update is an important event for all AANP members to attend. Join AANP 100% online to see how the interests of your patients and the NP role were represented over the past year. The presenters will cover AANP's activities, legislative work, future priorities, key partnerships, election results, association financials, membership growth and more.

  • Agenda

    2021 State of the Association Member Update Agenda

    Discover how AANP represented you, your patients and the NP role over the past year.

    This program does not include CE credit.


    AANP Immediate Past President Sophia Thomas will open the session with a special welcome and introduction.

    AANP Activity Recap

    AANP President April Kapu, Immediate Past President Sophia Thomas and CEO Jon Fanning will present AANP's activities from the past year based upon how they advanced the association's strategic plan. This includes AANP activities and achievements that:

    • Impacted your patients and the public's awareness of NPs.
    • Increased the standing and leadership of NPs in health care.
    • Addressed payment concerns and parity.
    • Provided resources for NP practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership in health care.

    AANP Financial Update

    AANP Treasurer Kathy J. Wheeler will present the financial performance of the association for the 2020 fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.

    AANP Multimedia and TV Spots

    View the 2020 and 2021 30-second TV commercials that ran on national cable networks, like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and in strategically selected local markets on Good Morning America, the TODAY Show and Ellen. These TV spots are just one of the many ways AANP works to raise public awareness of the NP role and support the robust WeChooseNPs campaign.

  • Speakers



    Dr. April Kapu is President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP). She is an acute care nurse practitioner (NP) and the Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Advanced Practice Nursing, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Kapu leads as a nursing executive in her role for the health system, establishing innovative, high-quality and value-driven health care services. She is the Director for the VUMC Office of Advanced Practice, providing resources and professional practice support for more than 1,300 advanced practice nurses. Kapu represents Vanderbilt advanced practice nursing nationally through consultation, publications, presentations and hosted events. She is a Professor of Clinical Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Associate Professor of Critical Care, Department of Anesthesiology. Kapu has presented at numerous national conferences, authored chapters in advanced practice nursing textbooks and published manuscripts in journals such as JONA, Nurse Leader, Critical Care Nurse, Critical Care Medicine, The Journal of Trauma, Nursing Management, American Nurse Today, The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Nursing Outlook, and others. She is an AANP Fellow and a Fellow for the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing. Kapu previously served as Region 4 Director for AANP. She is an active member of the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA), having served as a past chair for the TNA Government Affairs Committee and TNA Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Committee, and she represented NPs on the Tennessee governor’s special commission focused on pain and addiction treatment education. Kapu has been honored as the VUMC Transformational Nurse Leader of the Year and Tennessee Hospital Association’s Nurse of Clinical Distinction. Kapu holds both a master’s and doctoral degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

    Immediate Past President:

    Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

    Dr. Sophia Thomas is Immediate Past President of AANP. She is a certified family and pediatric NP dedicated to providing care to medically underserved families. Thomas practices at DePaul Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is a clinical preceptor. As a primary care provider, Thomas provides her patients with access to cost-effective, patient-centered care. She impacts NP education through publications and presentations on multiple clinical topics and lends her expertise as a legal expert witness – Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice and Standards of Care, and, since July 2020, as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Vaccine Consultation Panel, Operation Warp Speed. As AANP Immediate Past President, Thomas speaks extensively in the media and concentrates efforts on providing NPs with policy and clinical information, boosting direct member communications, enhancing continuing education offerings and ensuring the organization is responsive to social and cultural needs. As a host of the recently launched NP Pulse: The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner® podcast, Thomas helps AANP provide an arena for NP thought leaders to address issues of interest to the NP population and a forum for clinical and regulatory matters. Thomas serves on several advisory boards, including the Amerigroup Louisiana Credentialing Committee, Prevention Magazine and The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Her AANP leadership involvement began when she was appointed AANP Board of Directors Region 6 Director in 2002 and then elected as the Louisiana State Representative, holding the position from 2008 to 2014, when she was elected as AANP Region 6 Director. In 2018, she became AANP President-elect in preparation for taking office as president in 2019. She previously served in leadership positions, including that of president (2012- 2014) for the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners. Thomas holds a doctoral degree in nursing practice from Loyola University, where she was honored with the Post-Master’s DNP Nightingale Award, and she has a master’s in nursing from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. In 2020, Thomas was chosen as one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.


    Kathy J. Wheeler, PhD, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, NP-C, FNAP, FAANP

    At the time of the recording of the Treasurer’s Report, Dr. Kathy Wheeler was AANP Treasurer, BOD Liaison to the AANP International Committee and co-chair of the AANP International Special Interest Group. Recently retired from teaching DNP students at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, she continues to volunteer at Mission Frankfort, a free clinic that serves the uninsured in Central Kentucky. Though she has researched, presented and published extensively on education, competence, practice and global advanced practice, recent efforts have mostly been devoted to international advanced practice nursing. Dr. Wheeler has participated in multiple medical brigades outside of the United States, currently co-chairs the International Council of Nurses (ICN) NP/APN Network Health Policy Subgroup and has participated in numerous other initiatives to advance the APN role outside of the U.S.


    Jon Fanning, MS, CAE, CNED

    Jon D. Fanning is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AANP. He oversees the AANP national office in Austin, Texas, and the government affairs office in Arlington, Virginia, and he is a non-voting member of the AANP Board of Directors. Fanning has more than 20 years of experience working with organizations on strategic planning, driving membership growth, developing advocacy initiatives and cultivating partnerships both domestically and internationally. Prior to AANP, he had strategic and operational oversight of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), with more than 200 employees and members in more than 100 countries. His roles at APA included Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Chief Membership Officer (CMO) and Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He has also worked at other nationally recognized organizations and has been honored both nationally and internationally for his work. Jon holds a Master’s in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor’s in Communication and Political Science. He is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Certified Nonprofit Executive Director (CNED).