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The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) was established by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (now known as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners®) in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner (NP) leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through NP clinical practice, research, education or policy, and to provide a forum to extend and enhance such efforts. Priority initiatives of FAANP are the creation and development of leadership and mentorship programs to foster the advancement of NPs and NP students.
FAANP members are visionaries committed to the development of imaginative and creative future nurse practitioner leaders. From invitational think tanks to the Career Enrichment Program, FAANP is dedicated to advancing the NP profession.
In 2006, the FAANP activated the FAANP Mentorship Program (now called the FAANP Career Enrichment Program) to match NP experts (Mentors) with NPs (Mentees) who are novices in aspects of their career development. They possess personal and professional qualities that ensure their success in relationship building and the likelihood of goal attainment through program participation. The program's structure supports a formalized commitment between the mentor and mentee. The FAANP Career Enrichment Program is open to all AANP full members.