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FAANP Career Enrichment Program

Preparing the Next Generation of Nurse Practitioner (NP) Leaders

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.

About 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).

Apply by 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. CT) on Wednesday, July 21, to be considered!

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Application Expectations and Requirements

  • Applicants must be a member in good standing of AANP.
  • Applicants must commit to clear, regular communication with the mentor.
  • Communication format (e.g., phone, email, video chat) must be mutually determined and agreed upon.
  • Time span for the mentorship commitment must be mutually determined (e.g., meeting once a month, with interim tasks completed by the mentee).
  • Applicants must commit to the length of the formal relationship (e.g., six, 12, 18 months).
  • No remuneration is permitted for mentoring services.
  • Outcomes of the experience are expected to be disseminated in some fashion (e.g., publication, poster at the AANP national conference).

FAANP Career Enrichment Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have a question? The FAANP Career Enrichment Program has answers! The most common program questions are answered below.

  • What benefits do I gain from having a mentor?

    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:

    • Elevate the NP experience.
    • Motivate and inspire.
    • Promote lifelong learning.
    • Act as a safe place to discuss issues in a disciplined, solutions-focused manner.
    • Understand and support NPs as colleagues.
    • Widen and deepen the NP network and influence.
    • Model leadership.
  • Are all the mentors Fellows?

    Yes; in the FAANP Career Enrichment Program, all mentoring is done by Fellows.

  • How do I apply?

    Applications are accepted using this online link (INSERT application link). There is no paper-based application. Only fully completed applications are reviewed.

  • What are the qualifications needed to apply for a mentor in the FAANP Career Enrichment Program?

    You must be an AANP member in good standing and complete the online application by the established deadline.

  • How do I find a mentor?

    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.

  • How does the FAANP Career Enrichment Program application process work?

    Applying to be matched to a mentor is a multistep process:

    1. Complete a self-assessment to determine the following.
    • Your readiness for formal mentorship.
    • What mentorship area you need/want to grow in.
    • What type of project would support you to best achieve your intended goals.

    Complete the FAANP Career Enrichment Program application online.

    Once you have been matched to an FAANP mentor, you must meet to:

    • Discuss your goals, outcomes and deliverables.
    • Determine a communication method.
    • Establish timelines to attain your goal/deliverables.
    • Establish scheduled meeting times.

    Enjoy the relationship, growth and goals.

    Present your mentorship deliverable at the AANP national conference or via another agreed upon AANP venue.

  • What is the responsibility of the mentee?

    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.

  • What is the responsibility of the mentor?

    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.

  • Why is the FAANP Career Enrichment Program not a path to Fellowship?

    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.

  • Why shouldn’t I ask for or expect a mentor to help me with an academic assignment?

    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.

  • Do deliverables have to be a research or quality improvement project?

    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.

  • How does one locate the background of the matched mentor?
  • How do I follow up for more in-depth work if I feel the need for an individual mentor?

    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.

  • If I think I need more than one mentor at the same time is that possible?

    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.

  • How much time does this mentorship process take?

    Typically, this formal relationship lasts approximately one year, but it may also be shorter or longer depending upon the mutually agreed upon dyadic goals.

  • Do mentees pay mentors?

    No; remuneration is not permitted under any circumstances.

  • Do I have to have completed a mentorship to run for an AANP elected position?

    The FAANP Career Enrichment Program and AANP candidacy are unrelated.

  • What if my mentor and I don’t “fit?”

    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.

  • What outcomes should mentees expect?

    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.

  • What happens if my circumstances change in the middle of the program — do I have to drop out?

    Discuss circumstances with your assigned mentor and inform the FAANP Career Enrichment Program that a pause or drop is requested.

  • Why should I have to make a poster of the mentorship experience? I thought this was a private service?

    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.


Do you still have a question?

The FAANP Career Enrichment Program is happy to help! Send your question(s) to CareerEnrichment@aanp.org.

Apply Today

Applications are due by 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. CT) on Wednesday, July 21.

Apply Now

Download the Information Sheet