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Introducing AANP Communities

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The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) offers members interactive, online communities organized around therapeutic areas and professional interests.

In March 2015, AANP developed two online communities to provide a designated place for nurse practitioners (NPs) to discuss clinical topics — such as practice guidelines, best practices or current events — and to facilitate collaboration and networking. Since then, these communities have expanded to 17 primary care, specialty care and professional nursing topics called Specialty Practice Groups.

Now, AANP is pleased to announce that these groups are becoming AANP Communities!

AANP Communities

AANP Communities include the existing Specialty Practice Groups, as well as a few that have been reclassified as Specialty Interest Groups.

Specialty Practice Groups (SPGs) support clinical practice and cover specific therapeutic areas. AANP members may currently elect to join 14 SPGs, which include:

  • Acute Care.
  • Cardiology.
  • Convenient and Urgent Care.
  • Dermatology.
  • Emergency.
  • Endocrine.
  • Gastroenterology.
  • Neurology.
  • Obesity.
  • Occupational and Environmental Health.
  • Orthopedics.
  • Pain Management.
  • Psych and Mental Health.
  • Pulmonary and Sleep.

Specialty Interest Groups (SIGs) support professional development, practice management and advanced nursing practice topics. AANP members may currently elect to join three SIGs, which include:

  • Entrepreneur.
  • Health Informatics and Telehealth.
  • International.

If you are a member of an AANP Community — SPG or SIG — you still maintain full access to your discussion forum for your remaining term. The only thing that has changed is the name! Watch for more information about these groups, using the new AANP Community name.

Are you not yet a member of an AANP Community? For just $20 each, prorated to your membership term, you can join as many SPGs or SIGs as you like! By joining, you gain access to an exclusive discussion forum just for you and others who share your passion and pursuits.

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The Best Place Online for NP Learning and Networking

AANPconnect is the ultimate opportunity for NPs to earn up to 60 contact hours of CE credit* and find the relationship-building experiences AANP conferences are known for — completely online. See the complete list of sessions, start planning your live events and register today to access the conference as soon as it opens on September 10.

After registering, don’t forget to check out the Attendee Forum — the perfect place to discussion your favorite conference session, build relationships with NPs from across the country and share your own practice pearls with others. Are you an NP student or post-master’s student? You’ll also have exclusive access to a special Student Forum, where you can meet practicing NPs, learn from NP leaders and build your network to support your future prospects.

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