Get Involved

get involved graph Getting involved in NP specific research doesn't have to be difficult. Whether it is designing your own study, participating in a survey through AANPs Network for Research or periodically updating your AANP profile, there are many opportunities to get involved.


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AANPs Network for Research (AANPNR) is a practice-based research network that provides busy NPs with the opportunity to participate in research relevant to NPs and their patients. Whether you are interested in quick surveys or longer studies, the level of involvement is up to you.  All AANP members are welcome to join.

In addition to participation in network-sponsored projects, membership in AANPNR provides opportunities for members with like interests and practices to develop collaborative projects with network support.

AANPNR's objectives

  • Conduct practice-based research relevant to NPs and their patients
  • Facilitate translation of research to practice
  • Improve the practice of primary care and specialty care by NPs
  • Improve the health of patients

The AANPNR is directed by Michelle L. Cook, AANP's Associate Vice President of Research and is solely funded by the AANP.

The AANPNR needs you

AANP members, please click here to sign up.

Non-members must first purchase an AANP membership ; you can express your interest in the AANP Network for Research during this process.

Got a question? Contact Michelle L. Cook at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New applicants will be contacted when the AANPNR begins recruiting for the next project. 

Update your AANP profile

Did you know that updating your AANP profile contributes to important NP research? AANP gathers key information from profiles such as main specialty, practice site locations and education to track the NP workforce. Updating your profile only takes minutes, but has a big impact on NP workforce data.

Obtaining a National Provider Identification (NPI) number

Obtaining an NPI number supports the representation of Nurse Practitioners in CMS data sets that are often used for health services research. In order to obtain a Medicare NPI number for the first time, nurse practitioners must be graduates of masters, postmasters, or DNP programs, nationally certified, and recognized in their states as nurse practitioners. To apply for an NPI number, visit