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The most common AANP Fellows Program questions are answered below.
Applications and information about the Fellows program are on the website, please read all pages to become familiar with the requirements. The entire process is online. Emailed or snail mailed applications will not be accepted.
It is a professional responsibility and a quality indicator to maintain national certification as a nurse practitioner (NP). Special circumstances can be discussed with sponsors.
Only AANP Fellows may nominate an NP. The application requires the commitment of two Fellows. One is designated the primary sponsor and the other is the secondary sponsor. The primary sponsor takes the lead from start to finish ensuring all materials are reviewed with the candidate before submission.
Each Fellow may only nominate one NP as primary sponsor and one as secondary sponsor annually.
Sponsors need to have firsthand knowledge of the accomplishments of applicants. One way to find a sponsor is to begin with an AANP mentorship program. Many Fellows work with prospective NPs early in their career and guide them in the leadership learning process.
You must have at least two years of continuous AANP membership as of August 1 of the application year and sustained during selection process.
Applying to become a Fellow is a three-step process:
It is advisable to be a Fellow for a minimum of one year prior to sponsoring an applicant.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to present evidence of excellence in two of the areas selected. The evidence must clearly identify achievements throughout their NP career that exceed the expectations of their positions and job descriptions.
The sponsor will present a supporting statement for the applicant that they have invited to apply for the fellowship. The sponsor must be aware firsthand of the applicant’s achievements.
Abbreviations and acronyms may not be universal and can lead to confusion.
Contributions include what you have done to impact the role of NPs, AANP or patient care. It is important to identify the significance and scope of the accomplishments and contributions. (See PowerPoint).
In identifying grants and research, the applicant must write to the scope, significance, outcome and impact of the research and list any related publications.
Attend two meetings a year, read the materials and announcements, participate in work groups and submit contributions to AANP and the Fellows newsletter for publication. Fellows are expected to continue the work of leadership and mentorship and participate as role models.
A standing invitation is extended to all Fellows to attend the Region Meetings.
There is no timeline on the number of years of NP experience required to apply for Fellowship; however the examples must detail only your NP experience, and not RN or other career markers. We realize some examples of exemplar NP situations may be at least 50 years old! Examples of your work should meet the criteria you identified and the significant role contributing to your achievements in your career.
Nominees have many outstanding accomplishments; however, the listed accomplishments may fall short of the goal of describing the significant exemplar achievements for one or both of the focus areas as ranked by the committee members. The sponsor(s) are notified initially and the applicant will receive a letter signed by the Chair of the Fellows and Chair of the Selection Committee. With your sponsors input, you may choose to revise and resubmit your application in a subsequent year.