AANP Fellows are selected based on outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policy. Consideration of applying to become an AANP Fellow begins with a self-assessment, followed by securing an invitation by a Fellow who will sponsor your application process. Information is provided to assist NPs in determining if they are ready to pursue FAANP membership.
Becoming a Fellow is more than submitting an application and some references. It begins with making an impact on the NP profession by writing and publishing articles, conducting research, developing clinical practice models, teaching innovations, and influencing health policy.
To apply to become a FAANP member, an applicant must:
The FAANP application opens every fall. The selection process is completed in the spring, when inductees are selected. However, the process to prepare for application should start at least a year before the application period.
Evidence supporting contributions in each of the four FAANP membership priority areas may include accomplishments such as the examples listed below. In all cases, quantifiable outcomes are critical in supporting the application:
An NP who believes he or she meets the FAANP membership criteria must be invited to apply by an AANP Fellow who will serve as a Primary Sponsor. To secure an invitation of sponsorship:
Learn more about what it takes to be an AANP Fellow with the following resources and tips.
Applications and information about the Fellow's 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. Special circumstances can be discussed with sponsors.
Only AANP Fellows may nominate a NP. The application requires the commitment of two Fellows. One is designated the primary sponsor and the other is the secondary fellows 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 and one as Secondary 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 nurse practitioners early in their career and guide them in the leadership learning process.
You must have at least one year of continuous AANP membership as of August 1 of the application year and sustained during selection process.
Applying to Fellows 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 first hand 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 nurse practitioners, AANP or patient care. It is important to identify the significance and scope of the accomplishments and contributions. View this 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.
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 Regional 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.