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AANP Resources by Therapeutic Area

Continuing Eduation Courses

The AANP CE Center offers a wide variety of continuing education (CE) activities for nurse practitioners (NPs). Members of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners get more, including access to many free activities and significantly discounted rates on others. The activities are updated frequently, and many gastroenterology-related options are currently available.

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NP Tools and Resources

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Making Sure Your Patients Are Up to Date

This handout is designed to support NPs as they navigate the shared clinical decision-making process with their patients who are considering and undergoing colorectal cancer screenings. The tool can guide patients on the next steps and what to expect before and after the screening test.

This tool is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Exact Sciences Corporation.

Navigating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Diagnosis and Treatment

This tool is designed to assist the primary care NP with the diagnosis and treatment of IBS. Helpful content found in the tool includes diagnostic criteria and algorithm, the Bristol Stool Form Scale (BSFS), IBS subtypes, laboratory testing, alarm features, first-line therapies and much more.

This educational tool is supported by an independent grant from Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Allergan, an AbbVie company.

Patient Education Tools and Resources


Viral Hepatitis A

This patient tool provides education on hepatitis A disease and prevention using simple language in a visually engaging infographic format. The handout allows the patient and provider to start the shared clinical decision-making process so the patient can make an informed decision about hepatitis A vaccination. This tool is available as a downloadable PDF or place an order for 25-page, full color tear pads.

This educational tool supported by an independent grant from GSK.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Improving Quality of Life With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

This five-page patient handout about IBS was designed with the busy NP in mind. The handout includes information about keeping a food and symptom diary, tracking what interventions have been tried and the effectiveness of them, dietary tips and other clinical pearls to improve the quality of life of your patients living with IBS. This handout can be printed and placed in waiting rooms and exam rooms or handed to patients to promote clinical discussions about IBS.

This educational tool is supported by an independent grant from Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Allergan, an AbbVie company.


The Basics of Biosimilars

This patient education handout is designed to inform patients about biosimilars and their similarity to the reference biologic. In addition, it can be used to help patients make informed decisions about their treatment plans.

Developed through an educational grant from Pfizer.

AANP Community

Engage, Learn, Network and Progress Practice in Gastroenterology

The Gastroenterology Specialty Practice Group (SPG) offers a unique opportunity to interactively collaborate with colleagues who share an interest or clinical expertise in gastroenterology. As an SPG member, you’ll have access to a cutting-edge, online forum where you can engage in discussions, document sharing and knowledge exchange with fellow NPs. Come learn, share and help progress the development of theory and practice in gastroenterology.

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External Resources

Conveniently Curated Information From Other Top Sources

There are many resources available for both patients and providers. Several are included below for your convenience. The inclusion of these links does not imply AANP endorsement.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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