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Welcome to AANP

A vibrant, professional community of nurse practitioners (NPs) more than 119,000 strong!

There are countless benefits that come with being a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP), endless ways to get involved and many things to learn about your new association, but here are a few things you can do right now to get started:

  • 1. Learn Why AANP Stands for NPs and Patients.

    AANP's mission is to empower all NPs to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership. This mission means:

    • Leading the fight at the Capitol to remove barriers and secure full and direct access to NP services.
    • Serving as The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner® to advance the NP role, strengthen our profession and positively impact the health of this country.
    • Creating top-quality continuing education (CE) programs and practice resources that NPs need.
    • Developing the next generation of NP leaders and a strong, unified national NP community.
  • 2. Be on the Lookout for Information From AANP.
    • E-Bulletin: This weekly newsletter hits your email inbox every Wednesday and includes the latest association news and updates.
    • AANP SmartBrief: SmartBrief delivers aggregated health care-related articles from national media sources straight to your inbox every weekday.
    • Government Affairs Update: Every Monday, this email delivers the latest news on the legislative issues affecting NPs, our patients and NP practice.
    • The AANP News Feed: AANP articles about practice, education and advocacy are posted regularly on the AANP website in the blog-style News Feed section. Visit the News Feed to see all the stories.
  • 3. Access Your Two Free Journal Subscriptions.
  • 4. Plan to Network at the 2020 AANP National Conference.

    Don't miss out on the biggest nurse practitioner (NP) event of the year: the 2020 AANP National Conference (#AANP20). With the theme NPs: Jazzing it up in The Big Easy, you know it'll be a week to remember! Whether you want to explore history and haunts, shopping and swamps or food and fun, there are countless opportunities to make memories alongside thousands of your NP colleagues. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) invites you to enjoy the legendary hospitality of New Orleans while earning up to 40 hours of CE credit; joining discussions on current state and federal legislative, regulatory and practice issues; and making lasting connections with NPs of every specialty. Come see why #AANP20 is the place to be this June!

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  • 5. Know About the Issues for Which NPs Are Fighting.

    Connect with your representatives and take action at the AANP Advocacy Center.

    AANP's 2019 Federal Policy Priorities:

    1. Authorize NPs to certify patient eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid home health services.
    2. Authorize the assignment of NPs’ patients to Medicare shared savings program (MSSP) accountable care organizations (ACOs).
    3. Ensure patients with diabetes have timely access to therapeutic shoes.
    4. Authorize NPs to certify Medicare patients for hospice care.
    5. Authorize NPs to perform admitting examinations and all required patient assessments in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).
    6. Reauthorize and provide stable, sufficient funding for nurse education programs.
    7. Engage in policy related to substance use disorder.
    8. Amend Medicare conditions of participation to require hospitals to include NPs for appointment to medical staffs.
    9. Authorize NPs to order cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services for Medicare patients.

    Federal Advocacy

    AANP's 2019 State Policy Priorities:

    1. Modernize state licensure laws.
    2. Streamline care delivery with NP signature recognition.
    3. Support flexible, sustainable reimbursement and care delivery models.
    4. Build and support public health.

    State Advocacy

  • 6. Become Familiar With Your AANP Member Benefits.

    From unyielding advocacy and free CE to valuable discounts and exclusive networking opportunities, AANP member benefits support you in all areas of practice and throughout your career so that you can focus on what you do best—providing an unparalleled level of care to your patients.

    • Advocacy for your practice and the greater NP role.
    • Hundreds of hours of free CE.
    • Exclusive discounts and savings.
    • Free NP journal subscriptions.
    • And so much more.

    Explore All Member Benefits