Professional Associations for Advanced Practice Providers

A list of the leading professional organizations in the U.S. for NPs and PAs to advance your career.

AANP – American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Overview: As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) leads the way in advocacy, continuing education, and professional development for over 60,000 members. The organization serves the interests of NPs in all specialties and was founded in 2013 with the merger of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners. Its headquarters is in Austin, Texas.

AAP –American Academy of Pediatrics

Overview: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a professional membership organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists, and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Since its founding in 1930, the AAP has worked to encourage physical, mental, and social health for all children through professional support to its members. This assistance includes advocacy, research, professional education, public education, policy and clinical guidance, and community-based initiatives. AAP’s national headquarters is located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

AAPA – American Academy of Physician Assistants

Overview: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is the national professional society for physician assistants, which represents over 108,500 certified PAs across the U.S., the majority of U.S. territories, and in the uniformed services. Since its founding in 1968, AAPA has worked to advance patient health and to empower its members to advance their careers, with a focus on transforming healthcare through patient-centered, team-based practices. AAPA is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

AFPNP – Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Overview: The Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (AFPNP) is a national organization of nursing educators who teach in pediatric, family, and school nurse practitioner programs. AFPNP fosters collaboration on relevant practice and educational issues, with a mission of high quality interdisciplinary education for nurse practitioners. AFPNP is headquartered in Hanover, New York.

  • Website: www.afpnp.org
  • National Conference: Meets annually in conjunction with NAPNAP conference.
  • Chapter Listings: N/A

APHON – Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses

Overview: The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) is the professional organization for pediatric hematology/oncology nurses and other pediatric hematology/oncology healthcare professionals. Its members are dedicated to promoting optimal nursing care for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and blood disorders and their families. From an impromptu meeting of four pediatric oncology nurses in 1973, APHON, once APON (Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses), has grown to over 3,300 members and in 2006 expanded to include members who treat hematology, as well as a partnership with the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). APHON is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

NANN – National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Overview: The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) is the professional voice that seeks to shape neonatal nursing through excellence in practice, education, research, and professional development. Since 1984, NANN has strived to support neonatal nurses at all stages of their careers through education, research, advocacy, and membership engagement. NANN is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

NAPNAP – National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Overview: With more than 8,000 members, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is the professional association for all pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Since its founding in 1973, NAPNAP has been working to improve the quality of care for children ranging from infants to young adults, through education, advocacy, opportunities for pediatric-focused APRNs, networking, and research. NAPNAP is headquartered in New York, New York.

  • Website: www.napnap.org
  • National Conference: October 
  • Chapter Listings: NAPNAP has 48 chapters across the United States, as well as e-chapters for members not located near a local chapter.

NONPF – National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

Overview: The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) is distinctive in that it is the only organization specifically dedicated to promoting quality NP education, both at the national and international levels. NONPF, which began in 1974, has evolved to focus on continually advancing quality NP education, influencing NP educational policy, fostering diversity and scholarship across NP education, and strengthening resources for organizational sustainability. NONPF is also well known for its leadership role in developing and maintaining NP educational resources. NONPF is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

PCICS – Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society

Overview: The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (PCICS) is the international professional organization focused on promoting excellence in pediatric cardiac critical care medicine. PCICS promotes education and research, supports professional relationships among pediatric specialists, and organizes international meetings, with the ultimate goal of improving cardiac-related care for patients. Launched in 2003, PCICS has grown to 250 members in 12 nations and has its headquarters in Richmond, VA.

SCCM – Society of Critical Care Medicine

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is the largest non-profit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. With members in more than 100 countries, SCCM is the only organization that represents all professional components of the critical care team. SCCM’s headquarters is located in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

SPAP – Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics

The Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics (SPAP), is a non-profit specialty organization of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) that focuses on improving the health care of children through its support to members. SPAP supports its members through the promotion of a network of education and communication among providers. SPAP is unique in that it is the only constituent organization dedicated to promoting PAs in the field of pediatrics. SPAP is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

Melnic proudly supports many of these organizations, and we attend several meetings throughout the year. Visit our conferences & events page  to find out where we’ll be next.