AANP National Leadership Awards 2020

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Nominations are now open for the prestigious national leadership awards, which will be presented at the 2020 American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) National Conference.

These awards are for achievements that have impacted the nurse practitioner (NP) profession on a national and/or international level and incorporated the AANP mission into the success of their initiative(s).

  • The Towers Pinnacle Award was initiated in 2013 in honor of Jan Towers, PhD, NP-C, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, a long-time health policy expert. The award is presented annually to an individual who, through policy, practice or education, has made outstanding contributions that resulted in increased national recognition for NPs and increased opportunities for NPs to provide care to patients.
  • The Sharp Cutting Edge Award was created in 1996 in honor of Nancy J. Sharp, MSN, RN, FAAN, a strong supporter of the NP role. Recipients of this award have shown leadership through innovative services, technologies or advocacy activities that advanced NP practice and patient care on a national level.

Award nominations must be submitted electronically on the AANP National Leadership Awards Nomination Form. Any current AANP member may submit a nomination of 250 words or fewer detailing the reasons for nominating an individual for either award. Additionally, two letters of support from individuals other than the nominator must accompany each nomination. Current AANP elected leadership and awards committee members are not eligible to receive either of these awards during their term of office.

The deadline for submission of the nomination is March 11, 2020. Award recipients will be notified in mid-March and should plan to be present at the 2020 AANP National Conference in New Orleans June 23–28 to accept their award. Recipients will receive round-trip airfare for the 2020 national conference and one-night accommodations at a conference hotel.

  • Towers Pinnacle Award

    The Towers Pinnacle Award was launched in 2013 by the Board of Directors of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) in honor of Jan Towers, PhD, NP-C, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, an accomplished and much admired leader in the NP movement. Dr. Towers has been at the forefront of legislative and regulatory issues, guiding health policy initiatives to ensure that NPs and their patients are represented wherever health care is being discussed. She has informed and educated numerous NPs on issues related to health policy through presentations at regional and national conferences. Her steadfast commitment, keen insight and vigilance have served to guide and direct NPs toward their current recognition as reimbursable providers of high-quality health care nationwide. The result of her life’s work is increased awareness by legislators and the general public of NPs’ contributions to health care, as well as advancement in expanding the scope of practice for NPs, advocating for equity in pay for services and expanding the commitment of NP professional organizations to provide leadership on health policy issues. Recipients of this prestigious award should exemplify Dr. Towers’ advocacy, passion and dedication to the advancement of the NP role through policy, practice and education.

    Selection Criteria

    The recipient of the Towers Award will demonstrate ongoing advocacy activities that elevate and highlight NP contributions to health care. Please note that this award is for achievements that have impacted the NP profession on a national and/or international level and incorporated the AANP mission into the success of the initiative(s).

    The individual nominated will preferably be an NP; however, consideration will be given to other individuals who have made outstanding contributions resulting in increased recognition of NPs and increased opportunities for NPs to provide care to patients through ongoing work in policy, practice and education in one or more of the following areas:

    • Making significant contributions on a national level to health policy, practice and/or education that have had a positive impact on NPs and their patients
    • Demonstrating dedication to the recognition and promotion of the NP role within the health care system
    • Providing mentorship and developed leadership in policy, practice and/or education
    • Using diligence in articulating NP issues to multiple stakeholders
    • Identifying and removing barriers to effective NP practice
    • Increasing public awareness of the NP role
  • Sharp Cutting Edge Award

    The Sharp Cutting Edge Award was initiated in February 1996 in honor of Nancy J. Sharp, MSN, RN, FAAN, an exemplar in the world of nursing organizational leadership for more than two decades. Nancy demonstrated a decisive positive influence for NPs, both professionally and politically. Not an NP herself, Nancy nevertheless left a legacy of early and steadfast service for NPs. Through her vision, foresight and service to the NP profession, Nancy focused on public policy issues clarifying the legislative and regulatory processes. She also utilized innovative strategies to meet major milestones as office staff and volunteer leader in national nursing organizations. Examples of her many accomplishments are: National President, American Nephrology Nurses Association (1981-1983); Director, Practice & Legislation, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, Neonatal Nurses (1982-1990); Founding Director, Nurse in Washington Internship (1985-1992); Editor-Publisher, The Nurse’s Directory of Capitol Connections: A Directory of Positions and Opportunities for Nurse Participation in Health Policy Development(1991-2000); Nurse Representative, U.S. Joint Working Group on Telehealth (1993-1997).

    Selection Criteria

    The recipient of the Sharp Award should demonstrate extraordinary service activities on behalf of NPs. Please note that this award is for achievements that have impacted the NP profession on a national and/or international level and incorporated the AANP mission into the success of the initiative(s).

    The individual nominated may be an NP, nurse or non-nurse who has demonstrated exceptional belief and confidence in NPs and shown efforts to advance the image, profile and visibility of NPs by serving in one or more of the following areas:

    • Utilizing innovative services, technologies or advocacy tools to advance NPs and NP practice as an essential service for patients
    • Leading innovative strategic efforts to resolve a long-standing onerous legislative or regulatory issue for NPs
    • Developing a coalition and/or a multidisciplinary workgroup, including consumers and NPs, to work together to solve a health care and/or health system problem affecting a particular patient population or community
    • Implementing critical research to provide improvements in NP-provided patient care
    • Publishing outstanding work on behalf of NPs and NP practice
    • Providing exemplary service to a NP professional organization
    • Conducting other exemplary work on behalf of NPs and NP practice