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CEO Corner: December 2018

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Welcome to the AANP CEO Corner, where CEO David Hebert provides a behind-the-scenes look at AANP, keeps NPs up to date on what’s happening in health care and shares ways you can get involved.

Over the past few months, AANP has been diligently working on behalf of NPs and their patients. I’ve been traveling around the country and have been pleased to attend many events and meetings with AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick. In addition, there is much to explore at AANP!


After receiving an invitation from Forbes to attend the Forbes Healthcare Summit 2018 in New York, I had the pleasure of talking to organizations about the value of the NPs and the vital role NPs play across the country. This was a new and exciting opportunity for AANP to interface with many groundbreaking companies, including startups and well-established companies.

Most recently, I was in Louisville, Kentucky, for the Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA) Fall Summit. The Alliance is a membership organization that includes virtually every nursing organization and supports the sharing of information by member CEOs and Presidents. Not only did I have the chance to meet with many of our colleagues from nursing groups, but I was elected to be a part of the coordinating committee. This allows AANP to be part and parcel of the Alliance and to have input into determining future locations and programs associated with NOA meetings.

Board Meetings

AANP was represented at the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) Board Meeting. PCPCC is comprised of a number of physician and other organizations, but AANP is the first nursing organization that’s been invited to sit on the board. This is a great opportunity for AANP to connect with physician colleagues and compare notes. Even where we disagree, this offers us a chance join together to talk about our concerns.


The PCPCC Annual Conference continues to be an opportunity for AANP to be involved in groundbreaking issues in primary care. This year, I am very pleased to have been able to present AANP member Dr. Scharmaine Lawson, a prominent NP in Louisiana, with PCPCC’s Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award.

AANP Initiatives

If you haven’t seen it already, AANP’s new national public relations campaign is currently underway. AANP has initiated a very substantial media buy across the country featuring real NPs and their patients in a campaign called We Choose NPs. I urge you to take a look at; this is a great opportunity to once again help educate the public on who NPs are and what NPs do. Also, make sure to add your practice details to This allows NPs to share their information so that, if new patients are looking for an NP, they may well consider you. In addition, definitely take a look around our new website. AANP has been working on it for several months now and is very proud to see a successful launch.

The new AANP national headquarters is set to open May 2019. This building will house your NP association, so please take a look at the opportunity to have your name, or the name of another NP who deserves recognition, imprinted on a brick paver or even a plaque to be hung prominently in the new headquarters. Your support will not only help fund the new building but will also allow you to have your name associated with this tremendous effort.

AANP Events

By the way, don’t forget about the upcoming AANP Health Policy Conference in February 2019. Come into Washington, talk to legislators and hear new thoughts and ideas concerning pending legislation that will come up in 2019. In addition, the 2019 AANP National Conference in Indianapolis is the perfect time to join about 5,000 of your closest friends to hear new ideas, earn CE credit, stay up to date on topics important to NPs and learn state-of-the-art techniques.

AANP Thanks You!

AANP is always grateful to hear from members, so please take some time to contact us. I’d love to hear your thoughts, concerns, questions or comments; if you have any ideas for us—or even some things that perhaps we might do better—please drop me a line at

As we are now at the end of the year, on behalf of the staff of AANP, I want to wish you a very happy holiday, and we look forward to a prosperous 2019. We appreciate the support of all of our members across the country, and I want to say thank you for all the great work you have done and continue to do not only on behalf of the association but on behalf of your patients.

David Hebert