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The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (FAANP) are proud to connect NPs with Fellows who are leaders in their field and are willing to share their expertise to promote the career development of others. Whether you’re interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, AANP invites you to discover the mutually rewarding benefits of the FAANP Career Enrichment Program.
If you are seeking a mentor to work with on a one-to-one basis to enhance your professional and personal growth, consider applying for the FAANP Career Enrichment Program. After you submit your online application, the FAANP Mentorship Committee will try to best match applicants with a Fellow of AANP, as indicated by the expertise best fitting your stated needs. When a match has been identified, applicants will be notified via email and will be provided with the identified mentor’s contact information to facilitate dyadic communication and plan development that works best for the individual mentor-mentee teams.
Please note that this program is not a pathway to Fellowship. The program is not to be used to support an academic/educational program; mentors may not serve as an advisor for any part of degree completion (e.g., PhD dissertations, Doctor of Nursing Practice [DNP] projects, clinical projects or classroom assignments).
The application period is currently closed. Please stay tuned for details on the next application cycle.
Do you have a question? The FAANP Career Enrichment Program has answers! The most common program questions are answered below.
Almost all professionals, NPs or otherwise, grow exponentially with the guidance of a mentor. You may have been informed that a mentor could help you, or you might feel a sense of wanting more from your career and a desire for personal growth. There are numerous, valid reasons to desire a mentor.
The benefits of having an NP mentor include but are not limited to the following:
Yes; in the FAANP Career Enrichment Program, all mentoring is done by Fellows.
Applications are accepted using this online link (INSERT application link). There is no paper-based application. Only fully completed applications are reviewed.
You must be an AANP member in good standing and complete the online application by the established deadline.
Applicants do not choose a mentor. The FAANP Mentorship Committee will match applicants with a Fellow of like interest and notify the dyads of the match via email.
Applying to be matched to a mentor is a multistep process:
Complete the FAANP Career Enrichment Program application online.
Once you have been matched to an FAANP mentor, you must meet to:
Enjoy the relationship, growth and goals.
Present your mentorship deliverable at the AANP national conference or via another agreed upon AANP venue.
Mentees are responsible for negotiating mentorship goals, identifying short- and long-term deliverables and setting a reasonable time frame to accomplish the goals. Mentees are also responsible for establishing the type of interaction (e.g., email, phone, video meetings) the dyad will have, producing intermediate deliverables on time, being receptive to feedback and establishing next steps. A final presentation should be discussed for dissemination. Mentees are highly encouraged to attend AANP’s national conference.
Mentors are responsible for helping mentees establish clear goals and identify defined, short- and long-term deliverables that can be achieved within a reasonable time frame. They also agree to adhere to the agreed upon communication method (e.g., email, phone, video meetings), provide sound feedback, offer suggestions and share resources that can assist mentees in achieving their goals. Mentors are highly encouraged to attend AANP’s national conference.
The program is designed to assist any NP in growing personally and professionally. Mentors are valuable guides in this process because of their outstanding, sustained career contributions to the NP profession in defined areas. Explore more information about the FAANP.
Objectives and outcomes for assignments in academic programs are very different than the goals and objectives in a mentoring relationship. Academic assignments are linked to programs of study and framed by credentialing agencies. Mentoring programs are more personal, less structured and are not time bound, so they are not suitable to support students in academic programs.
No. Deliverables for this mentoring program are mutually determined between the mentor and mentee at the beginning of the relationship. Deliverables certainly can include research or quality improvement projects, with the exception that final products/accomplishments/deliverables are not, in whole or in part, related to an academic program and/or degree path requirement/assignment.
Once linked to a mentor, feel free to negotiate the goals and growth opportunities freely as needed. The goals/tasks are between you and your mentor. Do what is needed. Be as flexible as needed to accomplish what is intended.
Yes; this is possible but is a mutually agreed upon decision between you and your mentor. If you two determine that another mentor is needed, please feel free to engage with this third person.
Typically, this formal relationship lasts approximately one year, but it may also be shorter or longer depending upon the mutually agreed upon dyadic goals.
No; remuneration is not permitted under any circumstances.
The FAANP Career Enrichment Program and AANP candidacy are unrelated.
If the match does not work, for whatever reason, please begin by discussing with your mentor. If agreement is reached that the pairing is not working as desired, please contact the FAANP Career Enrichment Program at CareerEnrichment@aanp.org.
Mentees and mentors mutually agree upon goals set forth in the application process. Those goals should be further defined so progress and success can be defined within the time specified.
Discuss circumstances with your assigned mentor and inform the FAANP Career Enrichment Program that a pause or drop is requested.
What transpires between mentors and mentees during the mentorship period is personal and private, but career goals are generally public, as NPs serve the public good. A poster or other deliverable disseminates the mentorship outcomes so that other NPs can benefit from your work as a mentee.
The FAANP Career Enrichment Program is happy to help! Send your question(s) to CareerEnrichment@aanp.org.